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01.07.2004 General News

Tsikata drags NRC Chairman to court

By GNA

Accra, July 1, GNA - An Accra High Court would on Monday July 5 hear an application by Mr Tsatsu Tsikata accusing Mr Justice Kweku Etru Amua-Sekyi, Chairman, National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) of showing dislike, animosity and bias towards him.

The application is asking the Court to require Mr Justice Amua-Sekyi to perform his legal duty in respect to the appearance of Mr Tsikata before the Commission by conducting himself in a judicial manner devoid of bias, arbitrariness and personal dislike or animosity. The application filed on behalf of Mr Tsikata by his Counsel Professor E.V.O. Dankwa, is also asking the Court to require the NRC Chairman to conduct himself in a manner that would not jeopardize the independence or harm the credibility, impartiality or integrity of the Commission.

He should conduct himself in such a manner to enable the Commission to conduct itself, in a fair and candid manner and provide Mr Tsikata access to the original of the handwritten statement of Mr Justice G.E.K. Aikins.

Justice Amuah-Sekyi should also be made to provide Mr Tsikata access to the petition in respect of which Mr Justice Aikins was called as a witness.

The Court should further require the NRC Chairman to allow the Commission to consider and determine the following: "the application to the Commission by the applicant for extension of time to conduct the remainder of applicant's cross-examination of Mr Justice Aikins before the National Reconciliation Commission.

"The application of the applicant for access for the purposes of his cross-examination to the original of the handwritten statement submitted by Mr Justice Aikins to the Commission and further to which he testified.

"The application by applicant before commencing his cross-examination for access, for the purposes of his cross-examination, to the petition in respect of which Justice Aikins was called upon to testify.

"The application by applicant at the beginning of his cross-examination for access, for the purposes of cross-examination, to the transcript of evidence of an in camera hearing of evidence by Mr. Justice Aikins.

"The application by applicant for an order requiring Justice Aikins to produce records he claims to have in his possession in respect of a matter on which he testified before the Commission; namely the date of his going to Gondar Barracks for a meeting with the Chairman of the PNDC.

Finally, Professor Dankwa is seeking an order to restrain Mr Justice Amua-Sekyi from participating in any of the determinations affecting Mr Tsikata because of the bias that he has shown towards Mr Tsikata. 1 July 04

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