High Court acquits, discharges Freddie Blay of contempt charge

High Court acquits, discharges Freddie Blay of contempt charge
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Joseph Ackah-Blay | Joy News
Date: 22-10-2019 Time: 10:10:30:am

New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman Freddy Blay has been acquitted and discharged of the contempt charge levelled against him by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Justice George Koomson in his ruling held that officials of the Commission acted incompetently in attempt to serve the politician with a petition.

CHRAJ had expressed frustration the party leader has been evading receipt of documents seeking his response to allegations he procured 275 buses for his party through corruption.

The Coalition for Social Justice, filed a petition with CHRAJ in July 2018 asking CHRAJ to investigate Mr Blay for the procurement of the vehicles. But there appears to be a year of cat and mouse game between CHRAJ and the party leader.

CHRAJ says, Freddie Blay even refused to honour subpoenas. The politician has rejected all the accusation and launched his own, accusing CHRAJ of playing politics.

In his affidavit in court seen by myjoyonline.com, the NPP National Chairman maintained he has at no point disrespected, maligned or disobeyed any directive from CHRAJ.

Justice Koomson in his ruling said no evidence had been adduced by CHRAJ to show that Mr Blay received any notice or that anyone received such a petition on his behalf. He said unless the officers of CHRAJ were being mischievous, no rational person will act in such a manner.

He wondered why attempts were not made to serve the NPP chairman at his office at the GNPC. He further stated that despite letters being sent to the offices of Daily Guide and the NPP no one signed or received it on behalf of the politician. 

Justice Koomson awarded a cost of ¢5,000 against CHRAJ.

Mr Blay told pressmen he is relieved.