Ghana Politics

I have no doubt Gyakye Quayson is going to prison – Deputy Energy Minister

Accusations that the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, is facing charges because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wishes to have a majority in parliament have been rejected by the deputy minister for energy, Andrew Mercer Agyapa.

He contends that the expelled MP broke the law and should not be spared punishment simply because a conviction would reduce the number of members of parliament.

“This person, who is voluntarily accepting insults from the NDC, broke the law by declaring that he had no allegiance to any other nation.

And I’ve heard claims that the man had submitted his application to Canadian authorities, which is exonerating, so that’s another point I’ve heard. Are you sure?

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What kind of joke is this, the deputy energy minister, who is also a Sekondi MP, continued? This joke is what kind? The law is unambiguous on this. He had a different nationality than Ghana, and he will serve time in prison.

James Gyakye Quayson’s ongoing criminal prosecution will begin hearings every day on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, according to a decision made by the High Court in Accra on Friday, June 18, 2023.

This came about after Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh, the sitting judge, denied a request to postpone the trial until after the by-election.

The trial will proceed on June 20, 21, and 23, according to a date set by the court.

Quayson was recently removed from office as a result of a Supreme Court of Ghana decision declaring him ineligible to run in the 2020 parliamentary elections due to his tardy renunciation of his Canadian citizenship.

The Office of the Attorney General accused the former MP of manipulating public officials in order to get state documents, but there is still one case that the former MP must appear in court for.

James Gyakye Quayson was accused by the State on February 12, 2022, with five offenses: producing a false statutory declaration, perjury, misleading a public official, and forging a passport.


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