Judicial corruption Committee to investigate 12 judges sits today

"We are going to take prompt action on this matter; investigative committee has been set up."

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A committee set up by the Chief Justice to look into allegations of corruption against the twelve High Court judges indicted in a recent investigation by Anas Aremeyaw Anas begins sitting today.

play chief Justice Georgina Wood

 

 "We are going to take prompt action on this matter; investigative committee has been set up. Everything will be done with utmost dispatch to ensure that if the allegations against the judges are true, the appropriate sanctions are applied and then those who deserve to go out of the judiciary will find their way out and confidence will be restored." Judicial secretary Justice Alex Poku Acheampong told journalists.

Judges and magistrates have been caught on a video which is yet to be made public receiving bribes in order to throw away some murder and robbery cases before them.

play Anas Aremeyaw Anas

 

Read more: Judge suffers stroke over Anas' investigations

Legal Practitioner Ace Ankomah is on record to have said that the judges will have a hard time escaping from this scandal

"You can't escape this, if indeed there is evidence against you, you can't escape it. You resign from the judiciary if you like, you forget that you are also a lawyer, so you think you can avoid the judiciary investigation by retiring or resigning, even if that is effective you know that the general legal council can on the same evidence remove you from the role of a lawyer, call you to a hearing and what are you going to do resign as a lawyer." He said.

Twenty two district court judges and magistrates have been suspended by the Judicial Council.

Read more: 22 judges suspended

This scandal is the biggest to hit the Judiciary which is the third arm of government.

Justice Poku Acheampong also denied reports that the Judicial Council has been petitioned by the judges in question to prevent Anas Aremeyaw Anas from premiering a video of the investigations.

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"The judicial council or the honourable Lady Chief Justice has not received any petition from any of the judges asking her or asking the judicial council to persuade or to convince Tiger eye from airing whatever videos or whatever report that they have" He said

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