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NDC heads to Supreme Court over Mahama Ayariga’s trial-Minority Leader


THE MINORITY Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu has served notice the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would head to the Supreme Court to challenge a ruling of the Accra High Court asking the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga to avail himself for trial regardless of when Parliament was in session or not.



This was after the High Court ruled that Mr Ayariga is an accused person and not a witness and therefore cannot enjoy any parliamentary immunity to stand trial.

Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe, the presiding judge in her ruling following a certificate filed at the court’s registry by the Speaker of Parliament asked the court to exempt Ayariga from the trial because he was attending parliamentary proceedings, but the court disagreed.



In an interview with the media after the court hearing, Mr Iddrisu argued that the judge failed to take into consideration the whole provisions of the 1992 Constitution that dealt with the legislature.

According to him, Mr Ayariga was not asking to be exempted from the trial and therefore they would soon be heading to the Supreme Court for an interpretation.

“All he is asking is to be allowed to work as the trial goes on,” he said



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Mr Ayariga who is in court on charges of fraudulently evading tax on imported vehicles with six others had support from the Minority Leader and host of NDC MP.


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