Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng, Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, filed a contempt charge against North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in an Accra High Court.
Not only was the suit, filed by Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng, improperly served on the MP, but the bailiff who did the purported serving of the writ was not a legitimate member of the judiciary, according to Justice Charles Gyamfi Dankwah.
The court also pointed out that the plaintiff’s evidence is riddled with inconsistencies.
Mr Ablakwa was caught on video kicking a writ filed against him by the man of the gospel, prompting Rev Kusi Boateng to file the contempt case.
However, the court ruled on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, that the bailiff who served the contempt writ was not a certified member of the judicial service.
In 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order requiring only certified bailiffs to serve writs.
Furthermore, the judge stated that the proper procedures should have been followed in serving Mr Ablakwa, as the lawmaker claimed he was on his way to parliament at the time the attempt to serve him was made.
The applicant also failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt, according to the judge.
The court fined Rev Kusi Boateng $10,000 in costs.