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Dr Dominic Ayini is a fine brain; he influenced me greatly- Lawyer Yaw Oppong

One of the lawyers for the second defendant [President Akufo-Addo] in the 2020 presidential election petition, Mr Yaw Oppong is of the view that aspects of Dr Ayini's comments based on which the Chief Justice has petitioned the General Legal Council for investigations, was offensive.

Lawyer Oppong insists he is convinced giving the chance, Dr Ayini would never repeat such comments.

"When I was listing lawyers who have had influence on me in my book, I included him. And so we have all looked up to him. In terms of the practice, he is one of the finest you can get; one of the finest Deputy Attorney Generals. He stands to give a speech and you really feel a lot of research has has gone into it.

"But on this occasion, I believe that if the opportunity is given to him again right now, he will never repeat those words. The fact that he withdrawn the earlier statement and apologized also means that perhaps he did not seriously believe in that view point, otherwise, he wouldn't have apologize and he would have suffered for it".

The former Deputy Attorney General is scheduled to face the disciplinary committee of the the General Legal Council over allegations of disparaging comments he made against the judges who sat on the 2020 presidential election petition.

Dr Ayini allegedly questioned the objectivity and independence of the Supreme Court justices based on the manner they handled the election petition.

Although some have equated the petition by the Chief Justice for Dr Ayini to be investigated as an attack on free speech, Lawyer Oppong took a contrary view, arguing "it is not about criticism, but criticism that may be seen to impune the integrity of the judges.

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