U-turn Dery's contempt case against Bola, New Crusading Guide, others recalled

Justice Dery, who is one of the indicted High Court judges allegedly caught on tape by Anas, taking bribes to influence justice, had filed a contempt suit against those who showed the video and others who published stories from it.

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The contempt case which was filed by one of the accused judges in the judicial corruption scandal, Paul Uuter Dery against investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and four others has been recalled by the Court of Appeal judge who dismissed it.

Justice Dery, who is one of the indicted High Court judges allegedly caught on tape by Anas, taking bribes to influence justice, had filed a contempt suit against those who showed the video and others who published stories from it.

In his suit, Justice Dery sought to convict and punish the Chief Executive Officer of Starr FM, Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi [Bola Ray], the Acting Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Samuel Frempong Addo, Deputy Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Ernest Addo, the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah and the manager of the Accra International Conference Center, for showing or publishing the video.

His contempt case was however thrown out by Justice Torkonu.

But, in a ruling this week, Justice Torkonoo said, "I vacate my order of 28th September 2015, dismissing the application for contempt on account of the Registrar's tampering with the dates. I set aside totally and restore the application to the docket."

Justice Torkonu added that the earlier ruling has been dismissed and has therefore set a new date of December 21st, 2015, to commence hearing of Justice Dery’s contempt suit.

“Even granted that the Registrar lying and never informed counsel for applicant that she had changed the date for hearing of the application in issue, there is a simple way in which maters like this case are resolved in court as a matter of practice, counsel who finds himself holding an application record with a date different from the date it was heard only need to file a search to determine what went wrong and ask the court to vacate the order made on account of his not having had proper notice of the hearing.”

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