ACE investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his team from the Tiger Eye PI, yesterday met the five –member committee set by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Woode (CJ) to probe the High Court Justices implicated in the alleged judicial scandal.
The meeting, which appeared to be a preliminary one with the members of the committee , lasted for about two hours.
Anas, as usual, appeared with two other people wearing long dresses with a hood and beads covering their faces to conceal their identity but neither the judges implicated nor their counsel were spotted.
They (Tiger Eye P I) arrived at the premises under heavy security at about 9:30 am, and were quickly ushered into the building earmarked for the meeting and left after 11:30 a.m.
Attempts by journalists to ascertain what transpired at the meeting proved futile as the Judicial Service Staff were tight-lipped.
The committee, chaired by a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sophia Akuffo, include two Justices from the Court of Appeal, Justices Marfui-Sau and Agnes Dodzie.
The others from the Council of State, are Nii Otu Nartey and Kojo Osei-Sarfo.
Earlier, seven out of the 12 Justices of the High Court cited in the Anas exposé were suspended by the Vice-President, acting as President of the country, on the advice of the Judicial Council.
Those affected are Justices Francis K. Opoku, Kofi Essel Mensah, John Ajet Nasam, Ernest Obimpeh, Kwame Ohene Essel, Ivy Heward Mills (Mrs) and Gilbert Ayisi Addo.
Their suspension, according to a statement issued by the Judicial Secretary in Accra, Mr Alex B. Poku-Acheampong, followed the establishment of a prima facie case of misbehaviour against them by the Chief Justice.
The establishment of the prima facie case followed the setting up of a committee to investigate the petition by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Tiger Eye PI for the 12 Justices to be removed from office.
The statement said the Chief Justice had decided to suspend the determination of a prima facie case in respect of Justices Mustapha Logoh and Paul Uuter Dery as a result of the actions instituted by them against the CJ and Tiger Eye PI, which were still pending in court.
“The proceedings against Justice Charles Quist have been deferred on grounds of ill-health, following a medical report submitted by his physician on his state of health,” the statement said.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme