Kennedy Agyapong is suffering from COVID-19 complications—Lawyer told court
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong is suffering from complications from the novel Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) condition he suffered last month, Lawyer of the MP told court.
The explanation follows the absence of the legislator in court on Monday morning.
Expected to be his second appearance, Mr Agyapong who was dragged to the Accra High Court by Justice Wuni risks a possible jail term or fine should he be found guilty of contempt.
The charges follow an earlier outburst by the outspoken MP during a live television show on a pending case.
But his lawyers on September 18 urged the court to halt proceedings explaining they had filed an application at the Supreme Court, a certiorari challenging Justice Awuni’s jurisdiction to quash the matter.
Although Justice Wuni had argued that nothing barred him from proceeding with the case, he adjourned proceedings to September 25 to hear further legal arguments from Mr Agyapong’s team.
The court on September 25 was informed of a petition Mr Agyapong had sent to the Chief Justice alleging possible bias in the part of the judge.
The case proceeded nonetheless as his charge was read and a guilty plea entered for him.
But giving more details why their client was unavailable, Lead Counsel for Mr Agyapong, Kwame Gyan said they had attached a note from his doctor to be handed to the court.
“Our client, the honorable Kennedy Agyapong suffered from complications from the past-Covid-19 condition that he suffered last month.
“We arranged for him to seek treatment from the same doctor who treated him of Covid-19,” he said.
Justice Amos Wuni adjourned proceedings to Thursday, October 1 order that the doctor appears to explain the note.
On September 2, the MP allegedly insulted Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni, who presided over a land litigation case involving Mr Agyapong, on Net2 Television.
This caused a summons signed by Justice Wuni on September 9 to be served on the law maker, to appear in court, to “show cause why he should not be severely punished for contempt of court.”
Appearing before Justice Wuni on Monday, counsel for the outspoken legislator told the court that the MP had not been personally served with the first order to appear in court.
Consequently, the court ordered that a copy of the new summons together with the hearing notice be posted on a conspicuous part of Net2 TV and Oman FM station, Hollywood Building, Madina Zongo Junction, Accra.
The video of the Assin Central MP scandalising the court went viral on social media last week and also showed to court on September 25.
The visibly angry politician said on his Net2 TV: “You are a stupid judge. I will face you”, and stressed “I am not Anas to take bribe from you. I will deal with you.”
Five days later, Mr Agyapong issued a letter of apology to the Chief Justice, judges and magistrates for his action, explaining that he was furious over the actions of the judge in the land litigation case involving him (Agyapong).
The letter indicated: “I’m writing this apology in my capacity as Ghanaian and a Member of Parliament for the Assin Central Constituency in the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana.”
It continued: “Respectfully, I have been sued as a defendant in the case titled Emmanuel Mompi & 2 others vs Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong (suit no LD/1028/2020).”
Mr Agyapong said that subsequent to the suit, an order was made “against me without my knowledge which made me very furious and angry, thus causing me to express my dismay and anger towards the court’s order on a live television programme called The Seat on Net2 Television station on the 2nd day of September, 2020.”
He said that prior to the publication of his letter of apology, he had appeared on the same platform on September 7, 2020, and apologised to the judges.
The MP said: “I must conclude that, I strongly believe in our judicial system and can never denigrate its integrity. Indeed I was set free by the court when I was charged with treason in 2012.”