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Ken Agyapong’s contempt case: Court varies doctor’s appearance order [UPDATED]

BY: Justice Agbenorsi

The medical doctor who granted the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a medical excuse duty that resulted in his absence in court last Monday, is now to report at Accra High Court on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Dr Ken Addo of the Holy Trinity Medical Centre/Spa and Health Farm, was ordered by the court to appear before it Thursday, October 1, 2020, to explain what went into he granting a medical excuse duty to Mr Agyapong.

However, on the day he was supposed to appear, the court, presided over by Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni, varied its order for the doctor to rather appear on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

“...Upon sober reflection on the return date, it is herby ordered that the said court order [with a return date of October 1, 2020] be and is hereby varied to read: It is hereby ordered, that the said Dr Ken Addo of Holy Trinity Medical Centre/SPA and Health Farm, do appear before the court on Tuesday, the 6th day of October, 2020 at 10: 00 a.m. to speak to the Medical Excuse Duty Form,” the variation order stated.

Mr Agyapong on Monday, September 28, 2020 failed to show up in court to answer contempt charges due to what his lawyers said was “complication from a post-COVID-19 condition.”

His lead counsel, Mr Kwame Gyan explained that his client got the complication after last Friday’s court hearing.

He therefore presented a medical excuse form and requested the court to adjourn the case for 14 days to allow his client to recuperate.

Order

The presiding judge, Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni agreed to adjourn the case but ordered the medical doctor who wrote the medical excuse duty to appear before the court on Thursday.

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Contempt case

Mr. Agyapong is in court over an alleged contemptuous comments in which he described the judge as “stupid”.

Mr. Agyapong’s alleged comments were made in connection with a land matter in which Susan Bandoh and Christopher Akuetteh Kotei had sued him (Kennedy Agyapong), Ibrahim Jaja, Nana Yaw Duodu aka Sledge and the Inspector General of Police.

While the case was still at the Land Division of the High Court (Land Court 12), the MP allegedly scandalised the court on a programme aired on NET2 TV and Oman FM on September 2, this year.

A court order signed on September 9, by Justice Wuni said, "I hereby summon the said Kennedy Ohene Agyapong per a warrant issued under my hand and seal to appear before the High Court (Land Court 12) on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. to show cause why he should not be severely punished for contempt if the matters are proven against him to the satisfaction of the court."