Ken Kuranchie Did Not Get Proper Legal Advice

The Managing Editor of the Gye Nyame Concord Newspaper, Alfred Ogbamey has stated that proper legal advice by the lawyers of Ken Kuranchie, could have resulted in a different approach to the summon issued by the Supreme Court on June 27, 2013. According to him, the Managing Editor of the Searchlight Newspaper who has been handed a ten day prison sentence did not appear before the Supreme Court of the land with the right strategy, which he believes contributed to his incarceration. “…with all due respect, I think that proper counseling could have differed the approach, because he could still raise the issues he sought to raise but apologized, you could apologize and still say that I did not intent to mean it. “…as for the issue of the rules, it is a weak excuse. And you think it is a defense, is it the Supreme Court that tells people what you must comment on, since when? I think that somehow, proper legal counsel did not go and it is sad,” he told Asempa FM. The Supreme Court, on Tuesday 2nd July, 2013 sentenced Mr Steven Atubiga, a member of the communication team of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper, Ken Kuranchie to 3 and 10 days imprisonment for contemptuous comments respectively. However, a third member of the "hunted trio", Kweku Boahen, the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC, however, escaped punishment when it was realized that his comments were made after the "final warning" given by the Supreme Court. The three were alleged to have acted in contravention of the Supreme Court’s June, 24, 2013 order which directed all persons to desist from making prejudicial comments and distortion of facts in the ongoing presidential election petition.