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An Accra High Court has acquitted and discharged the national chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddie Blay of the charge of contempt brought against him by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), ABC NEWS can report.

The commission had filed a suit of contempt against Mr Blay, accusing him of dodging the receipt of summons seeking his reactions to allegation by the Coalition for Social Justice of he [Mr Blay] procuring 275 buses for the NPP through corrupt means.

CHRAJ also submitted that the NPP chairman refused to honour subpoenas.

Mr Blay however refuted all accusation by CHRAJ and indicted the commission of being politically motivated.

He stated in his affidavit in court that he has never flouted any order from CHRAJ.

The court, presided over by Justice George Koomson on Tuesday ruled that CHRAJ could not provide sufficient evidence to back their claims.

He held that officials of the Commission were inept in serving the chairman with the petition.

Justice Koomson questioned the failure of CHRAJ to serve Mr Blay at his office at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

He also stated although the commission sent letters of summon to his various offices – Daily Guide and the NPP party office, the letters were not received or signed by anybody in his stead.

Justice Koomson awarded a cost of ¢5,000 against CHRAJ.

Addressing the press after the ruling, Mr Blay expressed his contentment about the ruling, indicating that he is relieved.

“I’m relieved, you could see that I was isolated to sit on a chair. I was faced with this charge of contempt. If I was convicted, maybe I would have lost my freedom, I would have gone to prison, that’s unfortunate. Thank God that it didn’t happen, the judge ruled that I was not guilty of contempt,” he said.


Source: ABCNewsGh.com

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