The Supreme Court has asked the Minister of Justice to show cause why she should not be held in contempt for releasing Rodney Sieh.
Under the law, is Rodney Sieh under the custody of the Judiciary or the Executive via the Ministry of Justice? In other words, who is in charge of the Prison System? Does the Justice Minister report to the Judiciary or the President?
Chapter 34 of the Criminal Law clearly vests that authority in the Minister of Justice to provide custody and care for "prisoners". A prisoner is someone who is locked up in the prison. He may or may not be a criminal. He/she may be locked up because he owes a debt. While he/she is locked up, the Correctional System is responsible to provide food, clothing, medical care, etc. for the prisoner.
Under the same Chapter 34 of the Criminal Law, the Minister of Justice has authority to approve leave for any prisoner who is seriously ill, needs to bury a close relative or for other reasons that appeal to compassion. Rodney Sieh made a request, supported by his Doctor's assessment, and the Minister of Justice, in keeping with guidelines developed by the Bureau of Corrections, approved the leave.
Rodney Sieh was given a 30-day leave with stipulations; therefore he is technically still under the custody of the Ministry of Justice. So then, where does the Supreme Court come in?
Why are the Justices so apparently obsessed with Rodney Sieh to the extent that they are willing to put the Court in disrepute on such a petty matter; especially where the law is very simple and clear?