A private legal practitioner, Lawyer Kwame Adofo has described as unfortunate, comments by former President John Dramani Mahama that the verdict of the Supreme Court quashing the NDC’s suit, is a deliberate handiwork of a political party.
According to him, although the flagbearer of the opposition party has every right to disagree with the ruling, he has not right to impugn the integrity of the justices of the apex court.
To him, such an unfortunate statement which seeks to question the independence of the Judiciary shouldn’t have been uttered by the former president and urged him to criticize their work and desist from attacking their personality.
“This is below the belt. It’s an unfortunate statement. You can condemn the judgement but you can’t impugn the integrity of the court by saying their orders are not out of their independence but from the influence of a political party. For this particular comment, I feel the former president went too far,” Lawyer Kwame Adofo opined in an interview.
He further explained that “the court only talks through their judgement. Hardly will you see a judge coming out to defend him/herself. We don’t do that so if you impugn their integrity, the judges cannot defend themselves. They do not have anybody to defend them. You don’t criticize a judge personally. You don’t do that. You can criticize his work but to go to the extent of impugning the integrity of the judge, I think the former president went too far. It’s unfortunate.”