(1988) JELR 69875 (HC)    
High Court  ·  5 Jul 1988 ·  Ghana
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[1991] 1 GLR 587
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contempt of court
management committee
halsbury’s laws
agents of destruction
directors of the club
due administration of justice
legal rights
times newspapers ltd. case
constitutional right
nana wereko ampem
present applicants
real risk
accra hearts of oak sporting club
appointment of the management committee
behalf of the council of patrons
british broadcasting corporation
celebrated case of attorney-general v
chairman of the board of directors
civil action
civil contempts
clear innuendoes
common law principles
counsel’s contention
criminal contempt
director of the said newspaper
exhibit gao
fair trial
following argument
forms of contempt
issue no.
law lords
local sports newspaper
lord diplock
nature of public injury
nature of the applicants
number of articles
obvious reasons
order of attachment of the respondent
particular importance
portions of those publications
position of the law lords
processes of the court
proof of a mere remote possibility of the article
public interest
published matter
thrust of counsel
times newspapers ltd.
trial judge
understanding of the defendants

LUTTERODT J.: On 22 October 1987, the chairman of the board of directors and a director respectively of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club caused a writ of summons to be issued on their behalf and on behalf of all other directors of the club against Nana Wereko Ampem II alias E. N. Omaboe and Nana Akoto Djan alias Harry Sawyerr who are also very important personalities in the club. While this suit No 2917/87 is pending, a number of articles have been published in a local sports newspaper known as Africa Sports. Of particular importance is the issue No. 101 and dated 2-9 May.

The present applicants being highly aggrieved by those publications, have brought this application praying for an order of attachment of the respondent who is managing director of the said newspaper. What then is the nature of the applicants’ case? They complain bitterly of certain portions of those publications which the applicants describe as “couched in vituperative language, highly abusive and so extremely preju…

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