June 29, 2017

The Human Rights court presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah has declined jurisdiction over a suit requesting an investigation into K.T Hammond’s involvement in the disbursement of some 900,000 dollars from the sale of a drill ship.

The government white paper on the Judgment Debt Commission (JDC) recommended that Mr. Hammond be made to explain to EOCO how he disbursed US$900,000 which was left after the sale of the drill ship.

The court today says the case would require an interpretation of (Article 283) of the 1992 to ascertain whether or not Mr. Hammond is actually entitled to immunity after appearing as a witness before the Commission.

The aspect of that provision stipulates that a witness before a commission of inquiry is entitled to the same immunities and privileges as if he were a witness before the High Court.

The trial Judge referred the matter to the apex court on grounds that he was avoiding being trapped in the issue that required constitutional interpretation citing Zanetor’s case as reference to back his decision.

The court has subsequently ordered the registrar of the court to prepare the records at the high court and submit same to the Supreme Court registry for determination.