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REPUBLIC V. MENSA-BONSU AND OTHERS; EX PARTE ATTORNEY-GENERAL

(1995) JELR 66038 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  21 Feb 1995  •  Ghana

Coram
ARCHER CJ JSC, ADADE JSC (DISSENTING), AMUA-SEKYI JSC (DISSENTING), AIKINS JSC (DISSENTING), BAMFORD-ADDO JSC, CHARLES HAYFRON-BENJAMIN JSC, AMPIAH JSC

Judgement

ARCHER CJ.

I have had the opportunity and privilege of reading beforehand the opinions of my sister Bamford-Addo JSC and my brothers Charles Hayfron-Benjamin and Ampiah JJSC and I agree with their reasons and conclusions.

ADADE JSC. (DISSENTING)

This case commenced with a motion on notice filed by the Attorney-General on 10 November 1994 asking the court for an order:

“(i) of committal or attachment of the first and second respondents and to commit them to prison for contempt of court;
(ii) that the third respondent pay heavy fines and also the costs of these proceedings for contempt of court; and
(iii) that the respondents publish through the mass media a full and unconditional recantation of and apology for their contemptuous publications and conduct, upon the grounds stated in the accompanying statement and affidavits annexed hereto and for such further or other orders as to this honourable court shall deem fit.”

The statement accompanying the application described the first respondent…

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