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SCHANDORF V. ZEINI AND ANOTHER

(1976) JELR 68122 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  17 May 1976  •  Ghana

Coram
AMISSAH J.A, SOWAH J.A, KINGSLEY-NYINAH J.A.

Judgement

AMISSAH J.A.

The appellants are rogues. They were found by the learned trial judge, Koranteng-Addow. J., to have fabricated a case and to have suborned witnesses to put that case to the court. They do not complain about that. Their grievance, in the main, is that the judge failed to apply a rule founded on morality to protect them from their opponent. Considering the source from which it comes, it is a bold complaint to make to a court. Ironically, the cause for the application of the rule they invoke, if indeed that rule is appropriate to their case, arises out of the sheer candour of the respondent. Nothing could be more injurious to the administration of justice than that a person should come before a court to bear false witness deliberately. Our criminal laws through the offences of perjury and deceit of public officer visit such behaviour with severe penalties. The appellants do not ask us to do anything about their offence, though it be serious and was committed in the face of th…

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