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Parliament turns down subpoena for Joe Ghartey
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com          Published On: June 28, 2013, 14:26 GMT
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Parliament turns down subpoena for Joe Ghartey

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Ghartey.

Lawyers for Parliament have refused to serve summons on any Member of the House, including Mr Joe Ghartey, Second Deputy Speaker. He was Attorney General in the Kufuor administration.

According to Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey, Mr Ghartey was subpoenaed after he failed to appear before the Court to give evidence in a case involving the sale of Ghana Telecom. The summons was served through Parliament on Friday June 28.

But addressing the media, Head of Legal Services in Parliament, Ebenezer Dzetro, said the Parliamentary Service Board will not entertain such summons and advised the court to use other means to summons MPs.

“Where the Court forwards the process to the Clark to Parliament, requesting the Clark to effect service, it is so clear from the Constitutional provision that the Clark will not be able to do that”, stated Mr Dzetro.

Mr Dzetro also stressed that the Constitution prohibits subpoenas on any MP while the House was in session.

According to him, the Judiciary can look for Mr Ghartey and serve the summons on him, but not through any office the House.

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