Kpegah’s case was ‘dead on arrival’ – Baako

Malik Kweku Baako Hash

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 Source: Joy Online

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr says the poor packaging of retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Kpegah’s petition questioning the credentials of Nana Akuffo-Addo rendered his case ‘dead on arrival’.

Speaking on Kokrokoo on Peace FM Wednesday morning, Kwaku Baako said he is very convinced the former Supreme Court Justice’s petition was driven by “malice and mischief”.

Mr. Baako believes the overwhelming evidence coming out in support of credibility of Nana Addo credentials as a lawyer shows clearly that the retired Supreme Court Judge did not do any proper investigation.

The problem in Mr. Baako’s view is that the Chief Justice escaped the scrutiny and vetting of Parliament to confirm his integrity before he assumed the position of acting Chief Justice of Ghana.

Justice Francis Yaonasu Kpegah was appointed to Ghana’s Supreme Court on 6 January 1993 and acted as the Chief Justice following the death of George Kingsley Acquah in March 2007.

He held on to this title until the appointment of Georgina Theodora Wood as Chief Justice of Ghana on 15 June 2007.

Kwaku Baako believes the foregoing indicate that had Justice Kpegah been appointed as Chief Justice of Ghana, his parliamentary vetting would have brought to light the problems with his own integrity.

Kwaku Baako Jnr said he is certain the retired Supreme Court Judge is on a mission to “assault and assassinate” the New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2012 presidential candidate’s integrity.

Justice Francis Kpegah is questioning the credentials of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a lawyer at the Fast Track High Court in Accra. But he failed to show up in court Tuesday 24th April, for the case to be heard due to ill-health.

But Justice Kpegah has issued a statement suggesting “a judicial sacrilege” was committed when audience was granted to counsel for the Defendant, Lawyer Godfred Yeboah Dame on Tuesday.

According to him, Lawyer Dame “did not enter appearance to the writ of summons for and on behalf of the Defendant Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and is therefore not known to the Honourable Court and the parties to the instant suit”.

Source: Joy Online