View Full Version : Ken Kuranchie wants 'better explanation for [his] incarceration

2nd September 2013, 02:35 PM
Editor of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper, Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie has said he intends to ask the Supreme Court to define the basis for the contempt charges which were leveled against him last month.

He spent 10-days in prison after the court found him guilty of criminal contempt following certain comments he made about the 2012 election petition case which was considered prejudicial.

“My issue of arrest is an issue that I am considering seriously not to leave and to let alone because as I sit here, I do not know who called for my arrest” Mr Kuranchie said.

Revealing his intentions on Citi FM's The Big Issue on Saturday, Mr. Kuranchie indicated that this medium of summoning has “opened a door in which other people necessarily given similar circumstances will be forced to walk through” adding that in his opinion “that door needs to be closed.”

“There are two types of contempt of court; there is contempt in the face of the court, and the liberty press issue (contempt that happens outside the purview of the court, that someone necessary must bring to the notice of the court).

"Therefore, the issue I am raising is that who reported my matter to the Supreme Court, who reported Atubiga [another activist who was also incarcerated] to the Supreme Court, who reported Sir John and all the others to the Supreme Court?” he questioned.

According to Mr. Kuranchie, he sees himself as a victim because; even a record of his proceedings has not been given to him, although his counsel has applied.

Narrating how he was summoned, Mr. Kuranchie said after a radio announcement on Thursday, he was given an invitation on Friday, thereby appearing before the court on Tuesday.

He said: “my charges were not defined and my invitation letter was used like a charge sheet because I was asked to answer to the specifics on the invitation letter.”

Mr. Kuranchie further stated that, he would seek clarity on the bases for which he was made to stand on his feet all through his proceeding for nearly three hours.

“I would like to know from the judiciary because, they know law and I don’t. What gives a judge the right to order anyone to stand on his feet for three hours? I would like to know.

Which part of the penal code allows them to order an accused person, or a suspect or a litigant before court to stand on his feet for three hours with television cameras on me broadcasting around the whole world?” he asked.