10 High Court Judges to respond to allegations today

•   Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood — Chief Justice

• Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood — Chief Justice

Today, the 10 High Court judges caught on video allegedly taking bribes from litigants in the latest Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ undercover investigations, are expected to submit their responses to Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief Justice (CJ), on the allegations.

Based on their responses, the CJ would determine in accordance with Article 146(3) of the constitution whether there is a prima facie case against them.

They are among the 12 High Court judges implicated in the scandal.

The two others are on retirement and therefore, are not liable for impeachment proceedings provided under Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution.

A statement issued and signed by Justice Alex B. Poku-Acheampong, the Judicial Secretary, said the attention of President Mahama had been drawn to the latest development concerning the two retired judges who were initially part of the list of 12 judges submitted to the Presidency for impeachment.

They are Justices Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Mustapha and Yaw Ansu-Gyeabour

The remaining 10 whose fates have to be determined by President Mahama are Justices Frank Opoku, Charles Quist, Kofi Essel Mensah, Mustapha Habib Logoh and Uuter P. Dery.

The rest are Justices John Ajet-Nasam, Kwame Ohene Essel, Ernest Obimpeh, Ivy Heward-Mills and Gilbert Ayisi-Addo.

The statement noted also that two of the 22 Circuit Court judges and magistrates who were referred to the Chief Justice for the appropriate sanctions in accordance with Article 151 of the 1992 Constitution, have been elevated to the High Court and as such, could not be dealt with under the provisions governing Lower Court judges.

According to the statement, the C.J had re-submitted the petition against these judges to President Mahama for his directives.

They are Justice Daniel Obeng and Justice Asmah Akwasi Asiedu.

The other Circuit Court Judges implicated are Florence K. Ninepence Otoo, Alex Obeng Asante, Emmanuel K. Sune, Benjamin Y. Osei and Baptist Kodwo Filson.

The rest are Isaac Akwantey, Albert Zoogah, Courage Ofori Afriyie and Seyram T. Y. Azumah.

The Magistrates are William Baffoe, Michael Boamah Gyamfi, Paul K. Alhassan, Stephen Asuure and Kaakyire Atta Owusu.

The others are Alfred K.A Mensah, Frank Kingsley Oppong, Samuel Ahiabor, Isaac K. Amoah and Jacob Amponsah.

In respect of the court staff also involved in the alleged “bribery scandal”, a committee has been set up to investigate the matter.

The statement said the C.J. was requesting for the full list of those involved, together with transcripts and audio visuals indicating the extent of their involvement.

Identified staff who have been written to by management of the Judicial Service are expected to respond by tomorrow, September 15, upon receipt of which the appropriate disciplinary authority will take action on their interdiction, pending the conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings.

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice has described as misleading, the publication that three of the 22 judges have been discharged.

She said although there was a case of mistaken identity in respect of Frank Addo Ashitey, a Magistrate at Prestea, the actual person involved is Kingsley Oppong of the Kasoa Magistrate’s Court.

The error, she said, was corrected before the Disciplinary Committee started proceedings on September 10.

The Chief Justice assured the public that appropriate steps had been taken to keep the courts of the suspended judges and magistrates operational.

By Malik Sullemana     

 

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