Attempts by implicated High court judge, Paul Derry to secure an injunction to stop the Accra International Conference Centre(AICC) from hosting the premiere of the video report on corruption in the judiciary may seem to be coming late.
At least this is the indication being given by law lecturer, Dr. Poku Adusei. According to him, the decision to grant an injunction will be influenced by a combination of factors including the public awareness of the scandal.
[contextly_sidebar id=”dDBkmDj2HA7aAmT3tr8DB8NrrfYGqKII”]Justice Paul Derry has filed another suit seeking an injunction to prevent the AICC from hosting the public screening of the video that captured some judges and court officers taking bribes.
This followed an earlier writ he filed at the Fast Track Division of the Accra High Court in which he sued Anas claiming that the contents of the video were captured illegally.
In the same writ, Justice Paul Derry also sued the Chief Justice and the Attorney General and asked the court to declare as illegal, their decisions to use the content of the video and for granting immunity to the investigative journalist and his team respectively.
But speaking to Citi News, Dr. Poku Adusei was of the opinion the embattled judge will face challenges in seeking to use the courts to block the public broadcast scheduled for 22nd September 2015.
“For interim injunction they look at the balance of convenience who stands to suffer more hardship than the other and in this case one other thing they will look at carefully is that in the event of the granting of an order, will that order be effective, will it be effective in the sense that when it is flouted it can still be able to exact the penalties under the law?
“If the court realizes that the matter is already in the public domain in that sense trying to issue an injunction I think maybe an exercise which will be difficult to control,” he said.
Meanwhile hearing on the interlocutory injunction being sought by some 14 implicated judges has been scheduled for September 22. The 14 judges are seeking that the court order for the procedure of investigations by the committee be halted as they describe it as running contrary to law.
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citifmonline.com/Ghana