The Fast Track High Court has rescinded its decision to issue a warrant for the arrest of MTN CEO, Mr. Michael Ikpoki and two others for failing to appear before it.?
This development ?follows last minute intervention by lawyer for the three, Mr. Samuel Kodjoe who explained that the absence of Mr. Ikpoki, Customer Relations Executive, Jemima Kotei, and Chief Technical Officer, Jon Hoffman in court today was not as a result of disrepute for the court but due to a mix-up in the dates on which the case would be called.
According to him, they had mistakenly assumed that the case would be heard on Friday and not Thursday, saying that?his clients had great respect for the rule of law and the judicial process.
In view of this explanation, the court, however, awarded cost against the three. They are to pay Lawyer, Dr. Raymond Atuguba a GHC1,000, for failing to show up for the case and are to show cause why the telecom company should not be held in contempt for failing to restore all mobile communication services to Dr. Atuguba.
Mr. Ikpoki and two others are expected to reappear in court on 2 October.
Dr. Raymond Atuguba?dragged MTN to Court seeking the restoration of his mobile services and compensation for a violation of his rights as well as loss of business, filling a?suit alleging MTN had also ignored many complaints about over-billing and an ultimatum to re-activate his line.
Interestingly, when the case begun,?Dr. Raymond Akongburo Atuguba made several cases against the telecommunication company,?pursuing?his crusade till now for what he said was the cessation of service to his mobile phone.
Dr. Raymond Atuguba, sued MTN?on the grounds that the termination of his mobile service potentially put his life at risk as well as jeopardised his business opportunities.
The writ filed by Dr. Atuguba at the High Court was therefore seeking compensation for, among other things, the infractions on his ?legal rights to life, property, association, information, work, and communication.?
The court somewhere in July, ordered MTN Ghana to restore Dr. Atuguba?s mobile service?within 30 minutes during the preliminary hearing of the epoch-making case.