Ghana Supreme Court jails editor for contempt

Wednesday 3rd July, 2013 on Africa Review Kenya

Attorneys leave Ghana's Supreme Court on April 22, 2013 in Accra during a break in hearings of the opposition New Patriotic Party's (NPP) case against against the victory of President John Dramani Mahama in last year's poll. Ghana’s Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition arising from the 2012 presidential election, has jailed a newspaper editor for criminal contempt. Kenneth Kuranchie, the editor of the Daily Searchlight, was given a ten-day prison sentence.

Mr Kuranchie’s paper published comments in its June 25, 2013 issue, which the Court deemed were in contempt. The report came out a day after the Court had warned the public from making comments that were likely to be in contempt of the Supreme Court and the ongoing petition proceedings.

A member of the communication team of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Stephen Atubiga, who had also been summoned before the nine-member Supreme Court panel presided over by Justice William Atuguba, was sentenced to three days in jail for the same offence. He got a more lenient sentence after tendering an unqualified apology to the Court.

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