Ghana sus­pends seven judges over bribe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kate Da Costa, Ac­cra, Ghana

Seven of the 12 jus­tices of the High Court in­dicted in the bribery scan­dal that stunned the Ghana­ian ju­di­ciary have been sus­pended by the pres­i­dency.

A state­ment signed by the Ju­di­ciary Sec­re­tary, Mr. Alex Opoku Acheam­pong said the di­rec­tive was given by the Vice-Pres­i­dent Kwesi Amis­sah Arthur in his ca­pac­ity as Act­ing Pres­i­dent on the ad­vice of the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil.

The Ju­di­cial Coun­cil presided over by the Chief Jus­tice; Jus­tice Ge­orgina Theodora Wood has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the im­pli­cated ju­di­cial of­fi­cers al­legedly caught in a video tak­ing bribe in or­der to per­vert jus­tice.

The state­ment an­nounc­ing the sus­pen­sion of the seven judges said, “On the ad­vice of the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil, the Vi­cePres­i­dent, Kwesi Bekoe Amis­sahArthur, act­ing in his ca­pac­ity as Pres­i­dent of the Re­pub­lic of Ghana on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 2, 2015, sus­pended from of­fice with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, seven (7) out of the 12 jus­tices of the High Court on the grounds of stated mis­be­hav­ior. Their sus­pen­sion is pur­suant to ar­ti­cle 146(10) (b) of the 1992 con­sti­tu­tion.”

The state­ment de­clared that the sus­pen­sion “fol­lows the es­tab­lish­ment of a prima fa­cie case of stated mis­be­haviour against them by Hon. Lady Chief Jus­tice pur­suant to ar­ti­cle 146(3) of the con­sti­tu­tion and the set­ting up of a com­mit­tee un­der ar­ti­cle 146(4) to in­ves­ti­gate the pe­ti­tion.”

Two of the af­fected Jus­tices, Jus­tice Mustapha Logo and Jus­tice Paul Uuter Dery had their pro­ceed­ings for the de­ter­mi­na­tion of a prima fa­cie case against them sus­pended, due to a pend­ing le­gal ac­tion they brought against the Chief Jus­tice.

Another ac­cused ju­di­cial of­fi­cer, Jus­tice Charles Quist in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease had been post­poned on grounds of his poor health. He ten­dered a let­ter by his physi­cian at­test­ing to his ill-heath, it was stated.

Jus­tice Daniel Obeng, whose name was cited in the pe­ti­tion, the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil said was ab­solved of any wrong-do­ing.

Deb­o­rah Stephen, who was shot at by armed rob­bers, at the Na­tional Hos­pi­tal Abuja yesterday.

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