The Association of Judges and Magistrates of Ghana (AMJG), have condemned utterances made by two panellists on an Accra-based Montie FM, in Accra last week.
“The AMJG condemns these uncalled for utterances made in bad faith to undermine the administration of justice in Ghana”, they stated.
They said “such utterances from Alister Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn undermined the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana”.
The radio panellists were questioned by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and later released for allegedly threatening to unleash mayhem on Supreme Court and High Court judges in the country.
Addressing the media at the New Court Complex in Accra yesterday, Justice Denise Adjei, who read the statement on behalf of the Judges, indicated that the association had listened to the utterances of the two radio commentators, which were intended to put fear in Judges and Magistrates in Ghana, who are vested with the judicial power under the constitution.
He said the judiciary as an arm of government, played a crucial role in the country’s democratic dispensation, and must therefore, be strengthened and guarded by all and sundry.
Justice Adjei assured that judges would continue to discharge justice in accordance with the law as the executives, in conjunction with the Judicial Council and the government were working assiduously to ensure their safety.
He further appealed to the media to be circumspect in their utterances to avoid undermining the independence and integrity of the judiciary.
In a related development, the Judicial Council has also condemned statements and threats against members of the Judiciary, particularly, those handling the case involving the registration of voters by the Electoral Commission on Local FM stations.
A statement issued by the Council and copied The Ghanaian Times said the Council views the statements as a blatant attack on the Judiciary, which has the potential to undermine the independence of the institution and the rule of law.
“The Judicial Council deplores the said statements as an unwarranted attack on the Judiciary and an explicit threat on the lives of Judges”, the statement said.
The statement further affirmed its support to the government’s commitment to take the necessary steps to guarantee the personal security of Judges at all times and protect the independence of the Judiciary.
The Council, through the statement, advised all members of the Judiciary to be calm and unruffled in the discharge of their judicial responsibilities.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme