Embattled High Court judge, Justice Uuter Peter Dery,has sued Accra International Conference Centre and television station, UTV in Accra, for contempt of court over the showing of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas bribery video.

In a fresh application filed this Wednesday morning, Justice Dery wants managers of the two institutions committed to prison for publicly screening the investigative video that exposes alleged judicial corruption in Ghana.

He claims the action of the two violates the country’s court process in view of the pendency of a suit he filed to stop the AICC from making its facility available for the screening of the video Tuesday night.

Per documents filed by his lawyer, Nii Addo Kpakpo, the AICC was on September 22 served with a copy of the said application but notwithstanding, it made its facility available for the screening of the video.

He averred that UTV also telecast the said investigative video on its network on September 22 knowing very well there was an injunction application on the said video.

“The respondents’ conduct is calculated to bring the authority and administration of the law into disrespect and disregard and to interfere with the course of justice,” an affidavit in support stated.

He claimed in the affidavit that the action by the two is intended to prejudice fair trial of a substantive case he filed against the producers of the video, noting “that singular act amounts to contempt of Court”.

He described as “bad faith, malicious and prejudicial” the conduct of the two respondents.

“In the circumstances, I pray that this obvious disregard to the Court amounts to nothing more than contempt of Court of which the Respondents ought to be convicted and punished,”

By Stephen Kwabena Effah/tv3

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