Anas appears in court

•   Anas Aremeyaw Anas on his way out of  the court premises.

• Anas Aremeyaw Anas on his way out of the court premises.

The Investigative journalist at the centre of the bribery scandal in the judiciary, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, made his first appearance at the premises of the Judicial Service in Accra yesterday.

It is not clear whether he went there at the behest of the Chief Justice or the advisory committee, because a highly-placed source told The Ghanaian Times that the committee did not sit.

The committee, per the procedure governing it, does not sit if a member is absent.

According to the source, Nene Amegatcher, who is a member of the committee, was at the Annual Bar Conference in Kumasi.

Appearing in his usual beaded space hat over (batakari), a long brown gown to match, the ace journalist was ushered into the Conference Room of the Judicial Service by the Tigereyepi group and a police convoy.

Few hours later, he walked out of the Conference Room, assisted by his team and some foreign journalists into a waiting Toyota Tundra vehicle and drove away.

Information about the subject of the discussion was scanty as staff remained tight-lipped.

Meanwhile, lawyers for 14 of the 22 circuit court judges and magistrates have filed an interlocutory injunction at the Accra Fast Track High Court, challenging the constitutionality of the advisory committee empanelled by the Chief Justice.

The plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the disciplinary proceedings by the Judicial Council against them are contrary to law and/or due process.

Another relief being sought by the plaintiffs is a declaration that the panel constituted by the Chief Justice to institute disciplinary proceedings against them, has no legal basis and, therefore, is null and void.

In a related development some of the high court judges implicated in the scandal have filed separate suits at the Fast Track High Court to stop the premiering of the audio and video tape in which they were caught allegedly taking bribes from litigants.

With impeachment lurking around, the judges are doing everything humanly possible to flaw the alleged video recording citing violation of privacy.

By Malik Sullemana        

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