22 Ghanaian Judges Suspended Over Alleged Corrupt Practices
| Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 12:00pm
Chief Justice of Ghana Mrs Georgina Wood
Twenty-two judges and magistrates who were cited in the latest corruption exposé by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas have been suspended by the Judicial Council.
The decision was taken after the Chief Justice Mrs Georgina Wood and the Judicial Council examined the video evidence of malfeasance brought against the judges by Anas.
A statement signed by the Judicial Secretary last Wednesday said the exposé will help the judiciary’s ongoing fight against corruption within its ranks.
“A Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Council was constituted to investigate the petition against the 22 judges and magistrates. It is a five-member Committee chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court.
“On September 7, 2015 the circuit judges and magistrates were served with letters stating the allegations against them and asked to submit their responses by September 9, 2015.
“The Judicial Council further decided that upon receipt of the responses, the 22 judges and magistrates have accordingly been suspended with effect from Thursday September 10, 2015,” the statement said.
A total of 34 judges may face impeachment as the video expected to be aired on September 22, entangles them in the damning corruption scandal.
One of the high profile judges, Justice John Ajet-Nassam, a High Court Judge, who freed Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the controversial Gh¢51 million judgment debt scandal was videotaped and audio recorded in separate conversations with suspects or persons acting as agents of suspects before him to compromise big cases.
Other judges are Human Rights Court judge Kofi Essel Mensah and Charles Quist; a High Court Judge.
The over two years painstaking investigations by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas will be released in full in the coming weeks, ahead of a premiere at the Accra International Conference Centre.