I was unaware of court action against me – Stephen Amoah

Nhyiaeso Lawmaker, Stephen Amoah, has said he was not aware that a court action had been commenced against him for alleged road traffic offence hence, his inability to appear in court the first day the case was called, leading to the issuance of the bench warrant for his arrest.

He was arraigned on Thursday December 9 after his arrest on Wednesday December 8.

The Police indicated in a statement that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker presented himself to court today Thursday December 9 after failing to show up on Wednesday.

“The Police this morning, Thursday, December 9, 2021, put before the La Magistrate Court, Hon. Dr. Stephen Amoah when he presented himself to the Police after failing to appear in court yesterday, Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in which a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Speaker exclusively to TV3’s George Kwening on Thursday December 9, the former CEO of the Micro Finance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) questioned why a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest  when he had not been given a charge sheet.

He said “I was in court  and they have adjourned it to  January 20.

“I think although what is in  the public domain there are also many pieces of incorrect statements and  speculations. My major concern was the bench warrant, that played a central role, very critical role.

“All over the world , it is there that I don’t go to court and they have issued bench warrant  but I had no idea , I really didn’t know there was  court proceedings  because I had not been notified.  I had not been given any charge sheet, my charge sheet was given to me today. How could you issue bench warrant  based on misconception that  I decide not to go to court? 

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“Then the next day  you give me charge sheet, so based on what ?  Thank God that the prosecutor, the Police themselves came  to court today  to tell the court that  there was miscommunication. Because of that they had actually prayed for the warrant to be  quashed . Surprisingly, that one nobody will say anything about it. 

“I was never told , I respect the court , it is really a court of competent jurisdiction , it is an August court  and so there was no way I could disrespect the court  and disrespect the state.

“So it tells you  that if somebody had not been  invited to court , somebody had not been informed to go the court  and a bench warrant could issued  and made known to the whole country  and now my name and my car number is all over.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana