Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Jailed DCE can come back to post - Lawyer



The District Chief Executive jailed two weeks for insulting a High Court Judge and throwing his shoes at a bailiff can come back to office, says a private legal practitioner.

Paul Kumi, the lawyer, said on Newsnite on Joy FM Monday that although the DCE will earn a dishonourable title as an ex-convict after serving his jail term, he will not be disqualified from continuing as a public officer.

“The constitution talks about an ex-convict not qualified to be a Member of Parliament or take up public positions but that is where the said ex-convict is involved in a serious offence, like murder, rape and things of those serious nature”, he said.

District Chief Executive of Twifo Praso, Bossman Osei Hyeama was convicted Monday, for insulting the High Court Judge and the bailiff of the court of the Cape Coast High Court in the Central Region.

Presiding Judge, Nana Adjoa Coleman then sentenced the DCE to prison at the Ankaful Prisons.

The DCE became unhappy when an injunction was placed on a demolition exercise he was spearheading at the Twifo Praso market. The DCE was convinced the judges had been compromised.

Paul Kumi said although the DCE disrespected the law, his offence and subsequent incarceration will not bar him from remaining in office.

“The DCE will have the ignoble title of an ex-convict but fortunately for him, it will not go against him”, he explained.

Meanwhile, a case of contempt of court awaits the DCE when he returns from jail. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | [email protected]

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