The Industrial and Labour Court 1, presided over by Justice Gifty Deecham has dismissed a contempt charge brought against the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and its Executive Secretary, Mr. Kwame Dattey.
This was in respect of a suit filed by Paul Ishmael K. Sallah and five others against NAB, the Attorney General, Ministry of Education and two others. The plaintiffs petitioned the court to find the respondents guilty of contempt for allegedly causing Salomey Appiah, a reporter of the Daily Graphic newspaper, to publish a news item on a case pending before the court.
A statement signed by Lawrence Kwarteng-Ashia, Head Public Relations at NAB said the basis for their plaintiffs’ plea for contempt was in relation to a case being contested in court in which NAB is accused by the plaintiffs of denying recognition to qualifications they had obtained from Atlantic International University, Hawaii.
Salomey Appiah, the Graphic reporter, had told the court under cross-examination that she got the information that Atlantic International University is an accredited tertiary education institution from the website of NAB.
This was contrary to the plaintiffs’ claim that she was influenced by the NAB Executive Secretary to publish the said story in order to prejudice the case before the court.
In her ruling, the presiding judge dismissed the contempt charge as not having been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the plaintiffs against the defendants and awarded a cost of GH₵ 2,000 against the plaintiffs.