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25.10.2004 Crime & Punishment

Court dismisses case against Asantehene

A Kumasi High Court presided over by Justice K. Ansu-Gyeabour has dismissed an application for contempt against the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and four others over the Nyinahin stool affair.

The four others were Nana Amanpene Boateng Twum II, Abusuapanin Dwumaa Basompim, the Registrar of the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) and the KTC filing clerk.

The judge described the application filed by a Kumasi Lawyer, Adumoa Bossman on behalf of one Kwadwo Konadu, head of the Adumoah stool family of Nyinahin, as having no merit.

Konadu had sought a number of reliefs at the court, including a joint and several order of committal of the five respondents to prison for their joint and several contempt of the judicial committee of the KTC.

In his ruling, Justice Ansu-Gyeabour said he took the position that there was no merit whatsoever in the application and added that he would give the full reasons for the ruling in 24 days.

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