Corruption Watch Anas' explosive judiciary bribery scandal [Trailer]

Anas, in a recent media encounter, gave hint of the magnitude of his latest investigations

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Thirty-four Ghanaian judges face impeachment in the coming weeks as an exposé about to hit Ghana entangles them in a damning corruption scandal.

The high profile judges including, Justice John Ajet-Nassam, a High Court Judge, who freed Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the controversial Gh¢51 million judgment debt scandal, have been videotaped and audio recorded in separate conversations with suspects or persons acting as agents of suspects before them to compromise big cases.

Anas has since petitioned the Judicial Service and is requesting the removal from office of the culprits, whose names are yet to be released.

Read more: 34 judges cited for corruption

The ace journalist and officials of the Judicial Service are tight-lipped over the issue, but snippets of information picked up by the Daily Graphic indicate that all the affected officials will be interdicted, while the Judicial Service conducts further investigations.

It has also emerged that there is immense tension at the service, following rumours that some judges, who sat on high- profile cases in the past, have been identified in the scandal.

Five of the judges are said to have fallen sick suddenly, with one suffering a mild stroke. Others are reported to be pleading with higher authorities to be permitted to resign in lieu of prosecution.

It is not clear whether or not the culprits will be prosecuted, but a highly placed source at the Judicial Service said: “We have received a copy of the petition and we are looking into the issue thoroughly. Ghanaians will be updated in due course.”

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The Judiciary is perceived to be one of the most corrupt institutions of state, and although a couple of judges and Judicial Service staff have either been interdicted or dismissed for wrongful acts, this new video explicitly captures judges and court clerks extorting money and receiving bribes.

A couple of lawyers, with whom the Daily Graphic spoke, said they had also gathered some information regarding the scandal.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, some of them said the situation was scandalous and expressed the hope that it would lead to the ridding of the judicial system of those who were corrupt.

Some members of the public are excited about the build-up to the airing of the video.

Social media is rife with information regarding the alleged scandal, but no names have been dropped yet.

Anas, in a recent media encounter, gave hint of the magnitude of his latest investigations.

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