Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has submitted a list of 11 judges who demonstrated that “justice has no price” in a judicial scandal that has shaken public confidence.
Some of these judges were “more than ready to put me behind bars” he said after attempts to bribe them failed.
For those that Anas’ investigative team Tiger Eye succeeded in bribing, 22 circuit court judges and magistrates have been suspended.
The Judicial Council has set up a five-member committee to discipline those implicated after outcome of the investigations.
Trending cyncism and damaged confidence
Already public confidence has taken a nose dive. Commentary strewn on social media has been largely negative. Vice-President of local think-tank IMANI Ghana Kofi Bentil writes
“Dear God,…..Some people who took bribes and refused to give justice are seeking justice. God eee, I suppose they want a fair trial, but they did not give that to others…So God, why don’t you give them a Judge who will collect bribe and throw their case out. Infact God do something wai, some of us cant stand this anymore!”
Joy FM Editor Araba Koomson write: “Justices seeking justice. Using technicalities to escape punishment. You will definitely get your due punishment. Even if its is not on earth. One way or the other, you will get it!”
Newsfile panelists: [L] Kweku Baako, lawyer Clara Beeri, host Samson Lardy, former Chief of Staff Ato Dadzie, lawyer John Ndebugri
Tha bastions of hope
Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Abdul Malik Kweku Baako who groomed Anas Aremeyaw during his early days as a journalist revealed on JOYNEWS’ NewsFile Saturday, the investigations also found some principled judges who Anas recommends must be celebrated by the state.
He said Anas has written to the Chief Justice presenting a list of “good and moral” judges.
Presenting the names of these judges, Kweku Baako said it is a matter of fairness to celebrate those who were not lured by money and goats.
Roll of Honour
Justice Kwesi Boakye HC, Wa
Bright Mensah HC, Accra
Constance hometorwu HC, Accra
Georgina mensah HC, Accra
Afia serwaa ASARE HC, Accra
Anthony oppong HC, Accra
Felicia Gandedzi DC, Abeka
Charles Kwesi Acheampong DC, Dodowa
Samuel Quartey DC, Ejiusu
Abdul Abullaih DC, Tuobudom
Bright Ajosagi DC,
*HC= High Court, *DC = District Court
Ghana has about 400 judges. In the yet-to-be-released investigative video that has sparked judicial inquiry, nearly 10% of judges were alleged to be corrupt.