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Punish persons who made hate speeches in the past - SC urged

The moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Prof. Emmanuel Martey, has asked judges of the Supreme Court to punish persons whose comments have threatened the nation’s peace in the recent past.

This follows recent crackdown of the court on individuals who make unsavoury comments about the ongoing election petition hearing.

A deputy communication team member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Samuel Awuku, was last week barred from attending the hearing after he made contemptuous statements on the court's warnings against same.

Three other persons were ordered to appear before the court on Tuesday for behaving in a similar manner.

While commending the court for cracking the whip over the past week, Rev Martey said the court can do more to ensure nobody plunges the nation into chaos through inflammatory speeches.

Addressing a gathering of judges, lawyers and families on Martyrs’ Day, Rev Martey told the judges that; “Left for me alone, this exercise should be extended to cover all hate speeches in the recent past that have been uttered by persons who for instance want all Ewes and all Gas to be killed and similar unpatriotic utterances.”

He cautioned that: “if not addressed on time, some utterances can put the whole nation in flames.”

Source: Joy Online

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