Right procedures will be used to prosecute judges — Pres

John_Dramani_Mahama_at_Chatham_HousePresident John Mahama has given the strongest indication that the indicted judges in the judicial corruption scandal will not escape the net of prosecution.

President Mahama said the right procedure would be followed in the trial of any of the 34 judges who were videotaped allegedly taking bribes to free suspected criminals in their court.

Speaking to France 24 in France, President Mahama said once a prima facie case has been established against any of the judges, criminal proceedings would follow.

“We are following the constitutional procedure”, he stessed.

He said his office was following the case with keen interest and “if they (judges) are found culpable they will be removed from the bench.”

According to him, his office is acting on the petition of ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose private firm – Tiger Eye PI’s undercover work showed that “Ghana’s system is robust and working.”

Seven of the High Court judges implicated in the scandal have already been suspended.

They are Justices Francis K. Opoku, Kofi Essel Mensah, John Ajet Nasam, Ernest Obimpeh, Kwame Ohene Essel, Ivy Heward-Mills and Gilbert Ayisi Addo.

A total of 34 judges are being investigated following the three-hour documentary revealing how they allegedly took bribes to throw away cases before them.

Twelve lower court judges are also on suspension in connection with the case.

— starrfmonline.com

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