The hypocrisy and corruption on the part of Ghanaian judges has been trending for a while now. It came to a climax after the judges accepted bribe money through intermediaries, as shown in a three-hour film last month in Accra, resulting to a public outcry . Unlike what has been obtainable in the legislative arm of the government overtime, some judges were exposed and brought to book for the shady deals they’ve been involved in.
Thus, the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur acting as President of the republic and on the advice of the Judicial council, has suspended 7 out of the 12 high court judges implicated in the bribery and corruption scandal.
In a statement released by the Judicial Secretary, Mr Alex B. Poku-Acheampong, the suspension follows the establishment of a prima facie case against the Judges by the Chief Justice.
The statement however indicated the suspension of the determination of a prima facie case in relation to Justice Mustapha Logoh and Justice Paul Uuter Dery, as a result of actions instituted by them against the Chief Justice and TigerEye PI in the court of law.
Read the full statement below:
On the advice of the Judicial Council, the Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, acting in his capacity as President of the Republic of Ghana on Friday, October 2, 2015 suspended from office with immediate effect, seven (7) out of the 12 Justices of the High Court on grounds of stated misbehaviour.
Their suspension is pursuant to article 146 (10)(b) of the 1992 Constitution.
The affected Justice are:
His Lordship Justice Francis K. Opuku
His Lordship Justice John Ajet Nasam
His Lordship Justice Ernest Obimpeh
His Lordship Justice Kwame Ohene Essel
His Ladyship Justice Ivy-Heward-Mills (Mrs.)
His Lordship Justice Gilbert Ayisi Addo
Their suspension follows the establishment of a prima facie case of stated misbehavior against them by the Hon. Lady Chief Justice pursuant to article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution and the setting up of a Committee under article (4) to investigate the petition.
The Committee consists of three Justices of the Superior Courts, that is a Justice of the Supreme Court who is Chairperson, and two Justices of the Court of Appeal appointed by the Judicial Council and two other persons appointed on the advice of the Council of State, who are neither members of the Council of State, nor members of Parliament, nor lawyers.
The Attorney-General has been requested to provide a State Attorney to assist the Committee in its work whilst a Deputy Director at the Judicial Service will serve as the Secretary to the Committee.
The Chief Justice has decided to suspend the determination of a prima facie case in respect of Justice Mustapha Logoh and Justice Paul Uuter Dery, who were cited in the petition, as a result of the actions instituted by them against her and TigerEye PI, which are pending in court.
The preceedings against Justice Charles Quist, have been deferred on grounds of ill-health, following a medical report submitted by his physician on his state of health.
Meanwhile, TigerEye PI has written to the Chief Justice informing her that the inclusion of Justice Daniel Obeng, a Justice of the High Court, in the petition for the removal from office was an error.
According to TigerEye PI, further investigations indicate that the Judge they dealt with was rather Emmanuel Opare, a Circuit Court Judge. Our records at the Judicial Service have confirmed that at the time the investigations were conducted by TigerEye PI, in August 2015, Justice Daniel Obeng, had been elevated to the High Court and transferred to the Northern Region.