Court dismisses Gyakye Quayson’s contempt case against KT Hammond


A High Court in Accra has dismissed the contempt case against the Adansi Asokwa Member of Parliament KT Hammond.

The Trade and Industry Minister was dragged to court by lawyers of Assin North Member of Parliament, James Gyakye Quayson.

KT Hammond as he is affectionately called was accused of making comments in a media interview that were deemed prejudicial to the criminal case against Quayson, who is facing charges of dual citizenship.

However, the court dismissed the case on Thursday, October 19, 2023, with the judge noting that enough evidence was not provided to secure a conviction.

The judge also ruled that Mr. Hammond’s comments were not intended to interfere with the criminal case against Quayson.


Shortly after the news, the Adansi Asokwa MP celebrated the ruling as a victory for freedom of speech and urged the Assin North MP’s legal team to go back and familiarize themselves with the laws of Ghana before filing another contempt case against anyone.

“The judge was very articulate to the point, very legal in her analysis, and very clear, and in the end, freedom of speech has been vindicated. I want the lawyers of Gyakye Quayson to understand that you don’t take KT Hammond to court as a victim as stated by his lawyer, Abraham Amaliba.”

“He [Mr Amaliba] stood here, at the forecourt of this very building and told the whole world that they decided to institute this application against me as a victim, and I am no one’s victim at all. They should go back and read the rudiments of the law.”