Judges sentence Power FM host Oheneba to prison for making false allegations against Akufo-Addo.

 


Oheneba Boamah Bennie, a Power FM broadcaster, was found guilty and sentenced to prison for his allegations against President Akufo-Addo and Ghanaian judges. 

The maverick broadcaster was sentenced to 14 days in prison by the High Court in Accra on Tuesday after the Attorney General charged him with contempt. 

The broadcaster was also fined GHS 3000 by the court, which was presided over by Justice Elfreda Dankyi. 

Justice Elfreda Dankyi ruled that Oheneba Boamah was guilty of the charge leveled against him and that the sentence was lenient.

When Boamah's lawyer, Victor Kojoga Adawudu, pleaded with the court to be charitable, the Justice said, "I have been magnanimous." 

Oheneba Boamah Bennie, what did you do? – A little history 

Bennie was charged with contempt of court by the Attorney General in December 2020. 

After the Electoral Commission (EC) declared President Akufo-Addo as President-elect, Bennie allegedly posted a video on his Facebook page claiming that President Akufo-Addo met with eight Supreme Court justices, led by the Chief Justice, and influenced them.

He claimed that the President used the ostensible meeting to sway the justices of the Supreme Court to rule in his favor if any election petition challenging his re-election as declared by the EC was filed. 

He allegedly said in the video that Ghanaians would not allow the Supreme Court justices to destroy the country and urged the military to stage a coup d'etat. 

Violation of the Constitution 

The A-G claims that by publishing his book, Bennie is informing the public that judges, including the Supreme Court justices, do not decide cases on their own but rather on the President's orders.

If such a claim is allowed to stand, the A-G argues, it will amount to gross disrespect for the judiciary, which is a violation of the 1992 Constitution. 

According to the A-G, Bennie knew that a Supreme Court challenge to the presidential election was a possibility, so he poisoned the public's minds against the court in order to cause disaffection for the court. 

"That the respondent's contempt for the Judiciary and publication of false news intended to bring the Judiciary into disrepute makes him liable to be committed to prison in order to vindicate the undoubted authority of the Judiciary enshrined in Article 125 of the 1992 Constitution," the affidavit in support of the A-case G's added.

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