A US-based law Professor, Stephen Kwaku Asare has berated the leadership of the Judicial Service for what it says is the calculated effort to shield the judiciary from public accountability.
Prof. Kwaku Asare said he’s taken aback following the Judicial Service’s decision to use “taxpayers funds to hire a private attorney to issue threats to the taxpayers and to demand their silence on how it performs its public functions.”
It would be recalled that the Judicial Service of Ghana days ago cautioned media houses against the publication of “incendiary, hateful and offensive” comments about the Supreme Court Judges.
This comes on the back of what it described as “the flurry of statements and speeches” directed at the Justices, especially after the commencement of the hearing of the election petition.
It claimed this has the tendency of “bringing the administration of justice into disrepute as unsuspecting Ghanaians are being deliberately misinformed and manipulated”, the Service through its lawyers Sory@Law, warned.
Excerpts of the statement added.“We have been instructed by our client to communicate to you, and we hereby do, its concern regarding the lack of discretion and responsibility on the part of some media houses in Ghana”, the notice said, adding “Our client’s concern arises from the publication and/or permitting the publication of a series of incendiary, hateful and offensive statements, and speeches on their various platforms against our client’s Justices”.
Commenting on this in a Facebook Post on Saturday, the US-based law Professor, aka Kwaku Azar called for an immediate retraction of the Press statement issued on behalf of the Judicial Service through its Lawyers.
“The Judicial Service is in contempt of the people and it must retract and apologize for the comment with urgent dispatch. It must also withdraw that whole statement, whose primary, if not sole effect, is to chill expression on court proceedings.”
Source: Ghana/Kasapafmonline.com/102.5 Fm