From CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak and Phil Mattingly
US President Joe Biden is expected to today ban Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports to the US, according to three sources familiar with the decision.
The US will make the move unilaterally, without its European allies, due to disagreement among European nations about whether to ban Russian energy. EU countries have significantly more exposure to Russian energy than the US.
US officials decided, given the extreme political pressure at home, they could move without the coalition and not create major issues.
Biden is expected to address the news at 10:45 a.m. ET.
US imports from Russia make up a small slice of the energy universe — roughly 8% in 2021, of which only about 3% was crude oil. White House economic officials have been engaged for more than a week in how to manage any decision to cut off those imports, according to officials.
Biden administration officials traveled to Venezuela over the weekend for talks on potentially allowing the country to sell its oil on the international market, helping to replace Russian fuel. Biden may travel to Saudi Arabia as the US works to convince the kingdom to increase its production. And a looming nuclear deal could bring significant volumes of Iranian oil back to the market.
This was after the Court ruled that the legislator was well aware of the case.
The Apex Court on February 22 directed that court processes be brought to the attention of the Mp through a publication in the Daily Graphic newspaper and posting on the wall of the Supreme Court in Accra, the High Court in Cape Coast and the residence of the MP.
This was after the private citizen who filed the case against the MP, Michael Ankomah Nimfah through his lawyers, told the court all attempts to give the MP court documents have proved futile.
A Cape Coast High Court in July 2021 annulled the Assin North Parliamentary elections when it ruled that Mr Quayson owed allegiance to another country other than Ghana at the time of filing his nomination forms to contest the polls.
The MP has since been fighting to set this aside at the Court of Appeal. Lawyers for Mr Nimfah want the Mp restrained from performing Parliamentary duties while they await the decision of the Court of Appeal.
In Court on Tuesday, March 8, lawyers for the Mp led by Tsatsu Tsikata informed the court that its order for substituted service had not been fully complied with.
He said the publication in the Daily Graphic did not contain all court processes but simply had the order of the court and date for hearing.
“Another, notice appeared in the daily graphic of the first of March and again my lord it had only the order of substituted service and hearing notice to the parties. The hearing notice served on us flies in the face of the order that your lordship made,” Mr Tsikata said.
Lawyer for Mr Nimfah, Frank Davies told the court a misunderstanding of its order in respect of the Daily Graphic Publication does not mean the Mp is not aware of court processes. He explained that the other modes of service had been complied with.
The court then noticed that court processes had been given to Mr Tsikata’s co-counsel, Justin Teriwajah.
The Court was informed by its Registrar, Michael Anyetei, that the necessary documents had been given to the legislator’s legal team because of a letter the Registry received from Mr Justin Teriwajah.
This letter informed the registry of his appointment as a lawyer for the legislator. The registry, therefore, gave all documents to the lawyer.
Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame told the court the said letter written by the lawyers and subsequent receipt of documents meant sufficient of the case had been given.
The Court by a unanimous decision dismissed the objection raised by Mr Tsikata.
“The essence of substituted service is to bring to the attention of a party of the pendency of the suit. This court does not expect all processes to be published.
Again the letter by Mr Teriwajah speaks for itself. We, therefore, dismiss the preliminary objection.
On the issue of whether this case is ripe for hearing this court in a majority decision of 6:1 with Justice Kulendi dissenting holds that the first accused was duly served as of February 28, 2022. The cause is adjourned to 16 March 2022 for a hearing.
The First defendant is to file all processes on or before March 16.”, President of the Panel Justice Dotse ruled.
The case was heard by Justices Jones Dotse Agnes Dordzie, Nene Amegatcher, Mariama Owusu, GertrudeTorkonoo, Prof. Mensah Bonsu and Emanuel Kulendi.