The Accra Human Rights High Court today delivered its judgment in the Contempt case brought by AshantiGold SC against the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and its 12 Executive Council members, the General Secretary and non-Executive Council member, Sheikh Tophic Abdul-Kadir Sienu.
AshantiGold who were demoted to the Division Two League for match fixing in their final game of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season against Inter Allies filed a Contempt case against the Ghana FA, its officials and non-Executive Council member, Sheikh Tophic Abdul-Kadir Sienu.
The Miners were claiming the body ignored an interlocutory injunction placed on 2022/2023 Betpawa Premier League which kicked off on September 10, 2022 and were seeking for the Executive Council members to be imprisoned for what they describe as disregard for the dignity, respect, and authority of the court.
However, the Accra Human Rights High Court after months of hearings has held that the GFA and its officials were not served with the Injunction order of court and hence were not in contempt of the court.
The court further held, however, that Prosper Harrison Addo (in his personal capacity) and Sheikh Tophic Abdul-Kadir Sienu were liable for comments made in interviews and on Facebook, respectively.
The court, therefore, sentenced Prosper Harrison Addo for a day imprisonment and a fine of Gh¢24,000 while Sheikh Tophic Abdul-Kadir Sienu was sentenced for a day imprisonment and fined of Gh¢12,000 and in default 14 days imprisonment in both cases.
A day’s imprisonment means that the sentence is served once the fines are paid and the presiding judge ends his sitting for the day.
The judge ended the sitting before midday, and the fines were promptly paid by both Prosper Harrison Addo and Sheikh Tophic Abdul-Kadir Sienu.