Jailed Edina Omanhen Denied BailBy Shirley Asiedu-Addo - Daily Graphic
4/24/2012 8:01:33 AM -
Flashback : Nana Kwodwo Conduah VI riding in a palanquin A Cape Coast High Court Monday refused the Omanhen of the Edina Traditional Area, Nana Kwadwo Conduah VI bail.
The Omanhen is serving a three-month jail term for contempt of court.
Sub chiefs and elders of the Edina state all dressed in black had filled the courtroom early morning, anticipating that Nana Conduah would be granted bail.
His counsel, Mr Ebow Dawson had appealed to the court to grant Nana Conduah bail considering the fact that he had been in custody for seven days.
The Presiding Judge, Justice James Benson in refusing bail, said it was obvious that Counsel for Nana Conduah had not read the ruling given on the case on April 16, 2012 and that his submissions in seeking for bail for Nana Conduah, were out of context with the ruling.
Justice Benson advised that in the interest of justice and fairness, Mr Dawson, should apply for a copy of the ruling and make concrete submissions for the applications for bail.
He therefore adjourned the case to April 24, 2012.
Nana Conduah VI, was on April 16, 2012 sentenced to three months imprisonment for contempt of court.
In addition, he was fined GH¢3,000 by the High Court which also awarded a cost of ¢2,500 against him.
Justce Benson said the basis for the contempt application filed by Supi George Asmah was that Nana Conduah had received donations in his capacity as Omanhen of the Edina Traditional for the celebration of the Edina Bakatue festival last year.
He said, that was the fifth time that Nana Conduah had been convicted for contempt but the chief had, on all those occasions, failed to obey the orders of the court.
Justice Benson said each time that Nana Conduah was convicted, the court dealt leniently with him by either cautioning or penalising him.
He, expressed regret that Nana Conduah had, on all occasions, shown no remorse nor sign of repentance for his actions.
Justce Benson said the latest contempt case brought against Nana Conduah showed a clear violation of the orders of the court, calculated to impugn the integrity of the court and the legal system of the country.
“The court takes a serious view of his conduct and deems it necessary to impose a custodial sentence which should deter him from disobeying the orders of the court,” he said.