President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has relieved three High Court Judges of their duties with immediate effect. According to a press statement released earlier today [December 16] and signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, the removal of the three Judges; Justice Ayisi Addo, Justice Uter Paul Dery, and Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh, was effected by the President in a letter dated Thursday, December 6, 2018.
This action follows some recommendations made by a committee established by the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, in accordance with Article 146 (4) of the Constitution, to investigate some complaints brought against the Judges in question and some other judicial staffers by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
“The removal was after the committee established by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, to investigate a complaint lodged against the three judges by Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, recommended their removal from office”, part of the statement read.
The President pursuant to Article 146(9) of the constitution acted on the recommendation of the committee and removed these High Court Judges from office on the grounds of bribery and corruption. The committee concluded that the behavior of the Judges was tantamount to some illegal actions in the Criminal Offence Act, 1960 (Act 29).
“The Committee concluded that the conduct of the Justices amounted to a criminal offence under the Criminal Offence Act, 1960, (Act 29) (as amended)”, the statement added.
The President has also directed that a copy of the Committee’s report be made available to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service for the needed actions to be carried out. Below is a full copy of the letter.
In 2015, Ace investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a documentary of some officers of the Judiciary engaged in bribery and corruptions. Prominent among some of the crimes committed by these judges were trading justice for money and exchanging punishment with goats. Following the expose, the Judicial Council followed up on the case which led to the laying off of some 20 Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates and the suspension of 7 High Court Judges.
The documentary dubbed, “Ghana in the Eyes of God: Epic of Injustice”, was aired in grand style in September 2015 at the Accra International Conference Center.
By: Elliot Ayertey Nuertey/Universnewsroom.com