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Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: Bagbin faces contempt

Parliament petitions Chief Justice for an expedited hearing of cases against Anti-LGBTQI+ Bill

Prominent researcher Dr. Amanda Odoi has initiated a legal process against Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament in Ghana, alleging him of contempt for allowing the House to proceed with the highly controversial anti-LGBTQ+ bill despite pending legal challenges.

The lawsuit, which has been filed at the Supreme Court, aims to hold Bagbin accountable and requests sanctions against him, citing his disregard for court procedures.

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Dr. Odoi asserts that Bagbin’s actions clearly demonstrate contempt for both the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the proper legal process. The court documents highlight the Speaker’s repeated violations and complete disregard for these fundamental elements of the country’s legal framework.

Additionally, the documents argue that Bagbin’s intentional and continuous disregard for the court process justifies imposing sanctions for contempt in the interest of the public and to maintain the Court’s dignity. They point out that by directing or enabling Parliament to proceed with the Second Reading of the bill, despite being aware of the ongoing lawsuit and the related request for an interlocutory injunction, Bagbin has displayed disrespect for the Court’s authority.

Dr. Odoi’s legal action is one of two cases where citizens have sued the Speaker of Parliament and the Attorney General regarding the anti-LGBTQ+ bill.

The legislation has sparked intense debate and controversy, with stakeholders expressing differing perspectives on its merits and potential consequences.

This recent development further deepens the ongoing discourse surrounding the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, as proponents and opponents grapple with the potential societal impact and ramifications of the proposed legislation.

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