The Talensi Traditional Council has said a decision by its overlord, Tongraan Naab Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang to extend an invitation to a Bolgatanga High Court Judge was purely born out of good faith..
The Council added that contrary to reports that the invitation was meant to influence the Judge, the said gesture was premised on an existing cordial relationship between the Courts and the Council upon which some previous cases were resolved..
Two members of the Council, Naab Nyakora Maantii, Divisional Chief of Baare and Elder Richard Sunday Yinbil, the Secretary of the Council were on Friday, March 10, 2023, convicted for contempt of court when they visited the supervising High Court Judge His Lordship Justice Alexander Graham to deliver a message of invitation to him at the behest of the Paramount Chief..
The Council in a statement said, “It was an invitation extended to the respected Judge in good faith and not intended to subvert the course of justice in any manner.
“Therefore, the Council will be the last entity to circumvent that tradition and legal practice for which reason the two members of the Council were charged and convicted for contempt of court,” the statement said.
“The Council did not send the two members to go and influence His Lordship, Alexander Graham in any manner whatsoever
“The two members of the Council did not go to the court to entrap the Judge nor influence his decision on cases pending before him since neither the Council as a body nor the Tongraan Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang, its President is a party to any land case pending in the High Court or any other court in the region”.