Court issues bench warrant for Jomoro MP’s arrest

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    A High Court in Sekondi has issued a Bench warrant for the arrest of the Member of Parliament for Jomoro in the Western Region, Hon. Dorcas Toffey.

    This follows her absence from the court on Monday, December 6, 2021, during the hearing of a contempt case against her.

    Background

    The Member of Parliament is a respondent in a substantive suit challenging her eligibility to contest as a Member of Parliament for the Constituency in the 2020 Parliamentary Election due to her alleged dual citizenship status.

    She has meanwhile denied and indicated to the court that she had renounced the said citizenship thus was ordered by the Sekondi High Court to produce documentary proof of her renunciation for inspection.

    The MP subsequently filed a motion for stay of execution pending appeal at the Court of Appeal but was unanimously dismissed on July 26, 2021.

    Joshua Emuah Kofie from Nuba- Mpataba in the Jomoro Constituency filed a contempt charge against the MP for her allegedly failing to appear before the Registrar of the Court to provide documentary proof of the renunciation of her Ivorian citizenship as ordered previously.

    According to him, a motion for stay of execution pending appeal, which was filed subsequently by the MP at the court of appeal, was unanimously dismissed on July 26, 2021.

    He further noted that the Registrar of the High court served notices on the parties to appear before him on September 23, 2021, with the view to obtaining compliance with the substantive High court order.

    The affidavit in support further indicates that the MP(Respondent) did not explain to the court her inability or unwillingness to comply with the order which he believes shows her lack of regard for the Court’s authority thus prayed the court to commit the respondent for contempt.

    The Sekondi High Court thus set Monday, December 6, 2021, for proceedings however the MP was absent thus the lead Counsel for the applicant prayed the court presided over by Justice sedina Agbemava to issue a bench warrant for her arrest.

    The Court thus issued the bench warrant and adjourned sitting to Thursday, December 9, 2021.