(1961) JELR 65731 (HC)    
High Court  ·  4 Dec 1961 ·  Ghana
Core Terms Beta
administration of justice
contempt of court
district commissioner
communal labour
local authority
different matter
due course of justice
high court
paul oduro
preventive detention act
second witness
yearly tenant
acts of the respondent
affidavit of the applicant
affidavit of the respondent
anonymous letter
application of counsel
case of abena ampofowaa
case of contempt of court
case of helmore v
charge of the kibi district
communal labour effort
court proceedings
c.p.p. chairman of sagyimase
development work
first question
habeas corpus
improper conduct
improper means
inter alia
issue of fact
leaders of the united party
line of cross-examination
madam abena ampofowaa
main point
methodist church
names of the applicant
occasion of that official visit
present proceedings
said paragraph
third witness
village of sagyimase
welcome address

OLLENNU J.: The applicant is plaintiff in a suit, No. L.135/60, which was pending in this court in March, 1961. The respondent is the district commissioner in charge of the Kibi district, which includes the village of Sagyimase, eight miles away from Kibi. On the 21st March, 1961, the respondent paid a visit to Sagyimase village in his official capacity. The incidents which have led to the present proceedings took place on the occasion of that official visit.

The acts of the respondent which are relied upon to sustain this application to commit him for contempt of court are set out in paragraph 15 of the affidavit of the applicant filed on the 2nd May, 1961, and are that the respondent on that occasion threatened the applicant as follows:

“Know you that I am the district commissioner and I represent the Government. You should discontinue the case you have brought against Mankrado Kwabena Amponsah and Opanin Yaw Afum in the High Court, Accra, otherwise whether you win the case or not I s…

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