The Supreme Court has concluded that a High Court Judge presiding over a contempt case involving Kennedy Ohene Agyapong was found to be biased towards the Member of Parliament.
The development comes after Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni was prohibited by a five-member panel of the apex court from presiding over the matter against the Assin Central MP.
According to a 31-page judgment detailing the apex court’s decision for prohibiting the judge before the hearings of the case, he exhibited bias owing to the constant use of the phrase “severely punished”.
“It demonstrates prejudice, bias and in fact amounts to grave judicial indiscretion for a judge to form an opinion on the severity or leniency of punishment to impose on a person who is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” a report by Daily Graphic quoted the Supreme Court.
The court said the use of the phrase “severely punished” by Justice Wuni displayed how he intended to penalize the MP before the hearing of the trial began.
The undisputed decision to prohibit Justice Amos Wuni from the case “due to bias” was written by Justice Yonny Kulendi.
Other members of the panel were Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, who presided, Justices Yaw Appau, Gabriel Pwamang and Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu.