There have been concerns as to where Anas gets his funding from
Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako, is asking anyone who doubts the source of funding of ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas to investigate him.
Mr Baako while speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo on Wednesday said Anas and his Tiger Eye’s source of fund “has never been hidden.” He expressed surprise at why some people would raise concerns about who sponsors the operations of the team instead of focusing on the latest undercover in which some thirty-four justices are caught on camera allegedly taking bribes to compromise on justice.
“Anas’ source of fund has never been hidden. He is a member of an international undercover agency, Tiger Eye is registered. If you have worries about his source of fund, you know where to go. Go to the appropriate quarters and investigate the investigator. Instead of focusing on the finding, people are now focusing on his funding. He went to the children’s home [to investigate them]; I wonder who funded him,” he said.
The mentor of Anas maintained that the investigative piece was not done to tarnish the image of the nation’s judiciary.
“It wasn’t a project to scandalise the judges. We all know the delicate nature because it affects one of the arms of government. It is not about naming and shaming. It’s about investigation, prosecution and conviction. He is an investigator of a special kind and a lawyer. He could have published it like any of the investigative pieces but because of his knowledge in the constitution, he petitioned the president and the chief justice with evidence… He is hoping this serves as a deterrent to others.
Mr Baako noted that although Anas is affiliated to a political party, his sense of professionalism cannot be doubted.
“If the state wants Tiger Eye to aid it in any investigation, their doors are opened. He has his political preference but does his job professional without political considerations. His work cuts across regimes. He’s done work under the Presidents Kufour and Mills, and he still continues under President Mahama. He has a unique collaboration with the security agencies especially the police; he’ll investigate you no matter who you are if he has to. The subtle attempt by some persons to question his integrity is repugnant”, he said.
About 180 officials of the Judicial Service have been caught on camera allegedly taking bribes and extorting money from litigants.
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Some of the culprits have also been linked to sex scandals in a three-hour edited video emanating from a two-year investigation into corrupt practices in the Judicial Service.
Anas sent the two petitions: one dated 31st August and addressed to the president; the other on 2nd September 2015 to the Chief Justice. The journalist in accordance with Article 146 asked the president to initiate impeachment proceedings against the High Court judges he says took bribes to pervert justice.
Twenty-two of the judges have been suspended so far. Anas on Tuesday appeared before the five-member body hearing impeachment petition he filed against 34 judges in Ghana.
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Anas Aremeyaw Anas' investigative pieces over the years have captured on video how some security agencies aided people to smuggle cocoa outside the borders of the country, how inmates at the orphanage in Bawjiase were maltreated and the home being turned into a business venture by its founder; bad management practices, food theft, drugs trafficking and drugs sales from the Accra Psychiatric Hospital among others.