Human Rights Court presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah has declined jurisdiction over a suit by K.T Hammond challenging the constitutionality of a reference by the Judgment Debt Commission to the AG’s department requesting an investigation into K.T Hammond’s involvement in the disbursement of some 900,000 dollars from the sale of a drill ship.
K.T Hammond who is the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa in the Ashanti Region was the Deputy Energy Minister at the time of the sale of the drill ship.
The government white paper on the Judgment Debt Commission (JDC) recommended that Mr. Hammond be made to explain to EOCO how he disbursed US$900,000 which was left after the sale of the drill ship.
The court on Wednesday said the case would require an interpretation of article 283 (Article 283) which states:
1.A witness before a commission of enquiry is entitled to the same immunities and privileges as if he were a witness before the High Court) of the 1992 to ascertain whether or not Mr. Hammond is actually entitled to immunity after appearing as a witness before the JDC.
Ultimae News’ Wilberforce Asare reports that the court has subsequently ordered the registrar of the court to prepare the records at the High Court and submit same to the Supreme Court registry for determination.