The Accra High Court has ruled that the MP for Bawku Central , Mahama Ayariga, is obliged by law to stand trial in a criminal case filed against him by the Special Prosecutor.
According to Justice Afia Serwah Asare- Botwe, per Article 118 of the 19912 Constitution, MPs have immunity not to attend court in the course of their duty only when they have been invited to testify in court as witnesses.
According to her, since Ayariga is an accused person and not a witness, he is not immune to stand trial.
Graphic Online’s Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson reported that Justice Botwe made the ruling following a certificate filed at the court’s registry by the Speaker of Parliament asking the court to exempt Ayariga from the trial because he was attending parliamentary proceedings.
The case has been adjorned to June 10, for Ayariga’s lawyers to move an application challenging the appropriateness of the charges levelled against him
Ayariga has not been formally charged in the courtroom.
He will be formally charged after the court had ruled on his lawyers application challenging the charges
more to follow…