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Kufuor cautions against attacks of courts

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Ex-President JA KufuorFormer President John Agyekum Kufuor has described as unacceptable, attacks impugning the integrity of Justice Anin Yeboah, one of the nine-member panel of Supreme Court Judges who sat on the recent election petition case.

According to Mr. Kufuor, comments by Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) suggesting that Mr. Anin-Yeboah voted in a certain manner because he was appointed into office under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government were "unacceptable and unwarranted".

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A statement by the office of the former president yesterday and signed by Mr Frank Agyekum, cautioned the public to desist from making comments that would threaten the peace and stability of the country.

According to the statement, the former President’s Office finds the comments that Mr. Anin-Yeboah voted in a certain manner because he was appointed into office under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to be unacceptable, especially because there is evidence that all the justices voted on three of the six main issues before the panel in one way and variously differed on the other three.

“We wish to further put on record that as many as six of the nine justices on the panel were appointed into office under the NPP government and, therefore, it is unfair to single one out because a faction in the case finds the way he is purported to have voted unacceptable,” the statement added

It concluded “This Office is fully satisfied that Mr. Justice Anin-Yeboah, is wholly qualified to be Supreme Court Judge as he was appointed to the position on merit. Mr. Tsitaka with his long standing at the bar should be appreciative of this and refrain from making remarks that will bring the Bench into disrepute.”