Court throws out CHRAJ’s contempt case against Freddie Blay

An Accra High Court has acquitted and discharged the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay of the contempt charges brought against him by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

According to the court, CHRAJ failed to provide any substantial evidence of serving Mr. Blay with any letters or subpoena asking him to appear before them.

The court presided over by Justice George Koomson said unless the officers of CHRAJ were being mischievous, no rational person will act in such a manner.

He further questioned why attempts were not made to serve the NPP chairman at his office at the GNPC. CHRAJ filed contempt charges against Freddie Blay claiming  he had been evading receipt of summons seeking his response to allegations that he procured 275 buses for his party through corruption.

In the motion on notice for the contempt proceeding filed at the court, CHRAJ prayed the court for an order to commit Mr Blay into prison custody for disobeying its lawful requests.

According to the motion, on July 6, 2018, CHRAJ received a complaint from the Coalition of Social Justice, requesting the Commission to investigate Mr Blay for corruption in respect of his role in the purchase of 275 buses for the 275 constituencies of the ruling party, the NPP.

After assessing the complaint, the commission concluded that it had the mandate to investigate and, therefore, commenced investigations.


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