Lawyers for the 22 suspended Circuit Court judges and magistrates yesterday began cross examining Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the lead investigator in the judicial bribery scandal.
The ace journalist, who appeared in a decoy with two-members of the Tiger Eye PI, was taken through nine hours of rigorous cross- examination by the disciplinary committee set up by the Chief Justice.
As always, Anas arrived at the premises of the Judicial Service under an armed security in a Toyota Tundra vehicle.
The committee, until yesterday’s proceedings, suspended its sitting awaiting the outcome of an injunction challenging its constitutionality at the High Court.
However, an Appeal Court Judge, Justice Gertrude Torkonoo, sitting with additional High Court responsibility, on Tuesday, struck out the injunction application on the grounds that the Judicial Council had jurisdiction to investigate the judges.
A highly placed source told The Ghanaian Times that the lawyers cross-examined Anas and his team in their beaded face masks.
Some of the lawyers, who pleaded anonymity, said they had no option arguing that the law required Anas and his team to remove their masks during the cross-examination.
The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, suspended the 22 Circuit Court judges and magistrates who were caught on video allegedly receiving bribes from litigants.
She thereafter, set up the committee chaired by Sophia Adinyira, a Supreme Court Judge.
The implicated judges, who denied any misconduct on their part, claimed the undercover investigation was deliberately orchestrated to incite the public against them.
They also argued that the recording which was screened to the public on September 22 was a violation of their privacy.
By Malik Sullemana