The retired Diplomat said that although the public has the right to watch the said video, due processes must first be followed.
Ghanaian statesman and retired Diplomat, Dr. K. B. Asante is recommending a delayed public viewing of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest expose on the bribery and corruption case against some Judges and Magistrates.
He indicated that due to the sensitive nature of the case, the Commissioner of Police must be allowed to take over the case and process the indicted persons before a law court before public viewing can take place.
He argued that involving the public at this stage of the case will lead to “unhelpful comments and discussions,” insisting that “the public doesn’t come in until later.”
A public debate has been ignited over the scheduled public viewing of Anas’ video incriminating some Judges and Magistrates for perpetrating bribery and corruption in their line of duty.
Some of the implicated Judges have sued the investigative journalist with the aim of preventing the public screening of the video.
Speaking on Unique FM’s Behind the News programme on Monday, the retired Diplomat maintained that although the public has the right to watch the said video, due processes must first be followed.
Police must investigate not Judicial Council
KB Asante further criticized the early involvement of the Judicial Council in the scandal.
According to him, the right procedure has not been followed since the news emerged, stressing that the first point of call should have been the Police and not the Judicial Council.
He said per the laws of Ghana, when someone commits a crime, the individual is first handed over to the Police and later processed before the law court for justice to take its course.
He therefore questioned why the Judges and Magistrates are being given preferential treatment.
“I am not happy with the hullabaloo on all of this. Why should this particular case take on the course that it has taken? Are we all equal under the law?” he asked, adding that, “shouldn’t it be reported to the Police? Why should Judges be different? Why didn’t this go to the Police?”
K. B. Asante continued saying, “somebody does something illegal; where do we report it? …why should we change it in the case of the Judges? Why should some people be treated differently? Please let’s follow the correct procedure.”