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04.06.2019 General News

Ayariga Finally Succumbs To Amidu Suit In Court

Ayariga left Parliament to court
Ayariga left Parliament to court

Hon Mahama Ayariga, embattle Member of Parliament for Bawku Central on Tuesday afternoon rescind his legal stance not to honour an Accra High Court order to appear in a case brought against him by the Special Prosecutor.

The MP honoured the invitation to court after the Presiding Judge, requested that he should be produced before the court by 1pm.

Ayariga who was in Parliament at the time then had agreed to appear before the Court after his lawyers communicated the court decision to him.

He was accompanied by his lawyers Dr Dominic Ayine, James Agalga, Bernard Ahiafor and other Minority MPs to the court.

The Speaker of Parliament has later also ruled on the Ayariga letter challenging the Special Prosecutor powers to invite a sitting MP to court when Parliament is sitting or on session.

Rt Hon. Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye ruling though released Mr. Ayariga to the court, he cautioned that MPs should not be served suits when Parliament is in session.

According to the Speaker, such action could be abused by leaders and eventually undermine the country democracy.

Ayariga had earlier refused to appear before Tuesday morning.

Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor was not in court but represented by lawyers from the OSP.

The presiding Judge, Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, later adjourned proceeding to Monday June 10, 2019, for continuation.