General News of 2014-01-03

Sir John's Vickileaks petition thrown out

The Justice Date-Baah Committee has dismissed a petition brought before it by the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party alleging that the nine justices who sat on the Presidential Election Petition were compromised.

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie petitioned the Chief Justice to investigate claims made in a leaked tape by sacked Deputy Communications Minister Victoria Hamah that the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur influenced the nine justices to give judgement in favour of the sitting president John Mahama.

After weeks of investigations which saw both Afriyie and Oye Lithur, appearing before the committee, the petition has been thrown out because the key actor, Victoria Hamah failed to appear before the committee despite several invitations.

The committee did not have the power to subpoena her to answer queries in the leaked tape.

The Petitioner, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie confirmed to the petition has been dismissed but said his case still holds because Victoria Hamah has not denied the claims she made on her own volition.

"The committee had invited Victoria Hamah on three occasions all by a letter and she had failed to acknowledge receipt of the letters let alone to inform the committee about her readiness to appear before it. And not having availed herself that opportunity to appear, the committee's view was that there was no evidence to prove that allegation.

"And don't forget the only person who could prove that allegation is Victoria Hamah herself because she made that statement without any gun pointing at her head in the comfort of her vehicle with air-condition blowing around her," he said.

He said just as the death of Jesus Christ is an albatross around the neck of Pontius Pilate, so would the truth in Vicky Hamah's controversial tape haunt the president for the rest of his life.

While commending the Chief Justice for agreeing to investigate the matter, he said he will revert the case to the court of public opinion for them to judge.

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