Court throws out Xavier Sosu



Court of Appeal has dismissed an application filed by embattled human right activist, Francis-Xavier Sosu to overturn a three-year ban imposed on him by the General Legal Council (GLC).

In a judgement yesterday read by Justice Anthony Kwofie, the court dismissed the case on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction.

The court held that Mr Sosu should have followed the internal mechanism by appealing through the processes of GLC.

Consequently, he said the decision by the applicant in commencing the action at the Court of Appeal, seized the court with jurisdiction to sit on the matter.

Subsequently, he dismissed the case.

Shortly after the court proceedings, Mr Sosu told the media the decision of the Court of Appeal was not the end of the matter.

The renowned Human Rights lawyer, filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Accra, to challenge the three-year ban imposed on him by the General Legal Council.

He among other things sought a declaration that the General Legal Council erred in imposing the ban on him for overcharging a client and advertising his firm on social media.

Additionally, he was asking for a declaration that the charge of touting and personal advertisement levelled against him by the General Legal Council was discriminatory and contrary to Article 17 of the 1992 Constitution.

He sought for eight other declarations and prayed the court to quash his three-year ban.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme


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