A remembrance service was held in Accra on Tuesday for the three High Court Judges and a retired Army officer who were abducted and murdered on the night of June 30, 1982.
The judges were Mr. Justice Fred Poku Sarkodee, Mrs Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and Mr. Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong and the retired army officer was Major Sam Acquah.
The 33rd anniversary remembrance service was organised by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in collaboration with the Judiciary.
Delivering the sermon, the Reverend Dr. Hilliard K. Dela Dogbe, Pastor-in-Charge of the Aggrey Memorial Zion Church, Mamprobi, noted that the three judges were murdered because they stood for truth in the delivery of justice in the country.
He said the judges administered justice without fear or favour and the country would never forget their good deeds.
Rev. Dr. Dogbe added that the judges died because of their belief in the dignity of human beings, equity and fairness in the upholdment of the rule of law.
The President of the GBA, Nene A.O. Amegatcher, said the Bar and Bench would continue to remember “these martyrs of the rule of law and will continue to celebrate them”.
He said the bar and bench acknowledges and proclaims those good qualities and deeds for which the judges were murdered and stressed that “we have forgiven the wrongdoers for their cowardly and evil deeds”.
Nene Amegatcher said “Without lawyers, no modern state, and even less so, modern democratic state, can effectively function. Such a state will very rapidly sink into a state of anarchy and chaos”.
Nene Amegatcher called for a law to de-classify confidential documents of agencies such as the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) at regular intervals of 25 years.
“With such a law in place, operatives that assume so much power will have to know that any abuse of powers would be made open even in their life time and possibly sued by some aggrieved individuals”, he explained.
Nene Amegatcher urged Ghanaians to commit themselves to building and defending state institutions.
The remembrance service was attended by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, members of the bar and bench and relatives of the deceased judges and retired army officer.
By Joseph Edu Archison