Minority vows to oppose prosecution of Assin North MP

James Gyakye Quayson

The Minority Caucus in Parliament has served notice to resist moves to prosecute the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, Mr James Gyakye Quayson, describing the suit as politically motivated.

The Minority said any attempt by government to prosecute the MP was an affront to the suit pending before the Court of Appeal.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said the issue of whether or not, per Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution, Mr Quayson was qualified to stand as an MP is a question of law pending before the Appeals Court as well as the Supreme Court in various suits.

At a press conference at Parliament House on Thursday, Mr Iddrisu said those actions were attempts by government to intimidate the minority MPs in the quest to pass the E-levy, by trying to reduce their number through the suit.

He said the latest action, endorsed by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, came at a time an appeal and application for Stay of Execution had been filed against the Cape Coast High Court’s annulment of the 2020 Assin North Parliamentary Elections, still pending before the Court of Appeal.

He said information available to the Minority indicated that the said charges bordered on an allegation that Mr Quayson committed a crime by signing a declaration to the Electoral Commission to the effect that he was qualified to stand for an election as an MP.

“Under the circumstances, the lawful and reasonable thing for the Ghana Police Service, the ruling NPP government…to do is to abide by the decision of the Court of Appeal on these processes,” he added.

Source: GNA

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