The NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the Lawra Constituency of the Upper West Region Anthony Karbo may have his parliamentary ambition dashed for the second this time not through the polls but the courts, that is if he loses his defense on a criminal contempt case brought against him and some media houses by Mr. Alfred Woyome a Businessman and a philanthropist on the next court date which is 24th Nov. 2016 at the Appeals Court.
The Businessman caused a suit to be filed against Anthony Karbo, Kweku Baako, Multimedia Group Ltd, Despite Group of Companies (Proprietors of Peace Fm/Peacefmonline) and City FM for criminal contempt at the Court of Appeal on Friday, 15th July, 2016.
The contempt application filed by one of his lawyers, Mr. David Annan is citing the Respondents variously for engaging in acts that was and are calculated to “prejudice the due administration of justice in general and in particular the judgement of the Court of Appeal in the case of the Republic Vrs Alfred Agbesi Woyome with suit number H2/17/15 delivered on the 10 of March 2016 …”
The particulars of contempt filed by Lawyer David Annan states that the conduct of the Respondents in the matter constitutes a direct or indirect disrespect to the Appeal Court, and a naked intention and choice to scandalize the entire Court of Appeal, its Judges and the Parties in the case.
The plaintiff (Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome) in his claim stated that the conduct of Anthony Karbo, Kweku Baako, and the three media houses cited to have aided and abetted them to make disparaging pronouncements before, during or after the determination of the judgement of the Court of Appeal was deliberately aimed at inciting public opinion against him (the plaintiff) and/or to impede the administration of justice, impair the authority of the judiciary or to erode public confidence in the administration of law and justice by the Court of Appeal.
The Plaintiff in his reliefs is praying the court to charge the Respondents guilty, and make them to purge themselves, apologize and retract and pay a fine and/or give security of good behavior, or they be committed into custody as the court may deem fit.
The NDC parliamentary candidate for Kwahu Affram Plains South, Joseph Appiah who found himself in a similar situation when a case was filed against him in court withdrew his nomination and some analysts think it will be a good strategic move for Karbo to withdraw his nomination in the interest of his party looking at the proximity of the hearing date to the elections which will make it difficult for the party to replace him if he is charged for criminal contempt.