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17.01.2020 General News

Am Not Scared Of You; You're Not God – Kelvin Taylor Jabs Justice Kyei-Baffuor Over His Arrest

Kelvin Ebo Taylor
LISTEN JAN 17, 2020
Kelvin Ebo Taylor

Outspoken social media commentator, Kelvin Ebo Taylor, says an arrest warrant seeking to drag him to an Accra High Court for contempt does not scare him.

Mr Taylor, according to the court, scandalised it when he alleged that Justice Kyei-Baffuor, an Appeals Court judge, was promoted merely because he was doing the bidding of President Nana Akufo-Addo's government in the trial of some five people accused of embezzling $4 million belonging to the National Communications Authority (NCA).

But according to the court, these comments by Mr Taylor, which were made on his popular 'With All Due Respect' programme and airs on Facebook and other social media sites, has brought Ghana's justice delivery system into disrepute.

“As a judge of impeccable integrity and utmost honesty, I find it necessary to invoke the powers vested in me under the constitution to proceed and cite him for contempt.

”I issue a warrant for him to be produced before the court to show cause why he should not be committed to prison,” the Justice Kyei-Baffuor explained the arrest warrant for Mr Taylor's arrest.

The court issued the bench warrant for the arrest of Mr Taylor on Thursday, demanding that he appears before it to explain why he should not be sentenced for contempt.

The warrant directs the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies to find Taylor who is said to be outside the country and bring him before the court.

But later on, Thursday, January 16, 2020, after the arrest warrant was issued, Mr Taylor hit back even harder at Justice Kyei-Baffuor, insisting that his comments against the judge were based on facts available to him.

“I am going to respond to Judge Kyei-Baffuor. He wants to be Kwasi Appiah [former coach of the Ghana Black Stars] and at the same time he wants to be Kurt Okraku Mante [current President of the Ghana Football Association] and at the same time, he wants to be the referee.

“This is a new age. We are not going to feel intimidated. Nobody can intimidate us. We are ready to speak truth to power,” he said during the introduction of what he called the extended version of Thursday's programme.

According to him, Judge Eric Kyei-Baffuor's position as a judge is governed by rules and regulations and hence he cannot hold himself above the law.

“Judge Kyei-Baffuor is not bigger than Ghana. He is not bigger than the other judges we have in Ghana. In fact, Judge Kyei-Baffuor is a problem to the CJ [Chief Justice]. He can decide to write all the English, summon all the cases against me. But the fact still stays that Justice Kyei-Baffuor is bending the rules. Justice Kyei-Baffuor is bending the rules,” he stressed.

He further alleged that some bloggers, he called 'Car Bloggers' – because they operate from their cars – have been recruited by some influential persons to attack him.

“React to the issues. Attacking Kelvin Taylor will not change anything,” he stated.

Mr Taylor, who is domiciled in the United States, told the learned Judge: “When you go wrong, I am going to tell you in your face. You are not God…to be honest with you, you are working for the people.”

---Daily Guide