A lot of Ghanains may be thinking that dusts raised by the Anas Exposé have all died down; but the reality is far from that…
Several of the legal practitioners who were suspended or dismissed following the exposition made by undercover investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas in 2015 have refused to let their punishment go unavenged. Many of them have expressed their displeasure by challenging their indictment at the law courts as well as issuing counter charges against fellow judges.
We would recall that Justice Essel Mensah was one of the sacked judges who claimed that Anas exposé video was fabricated and also denied being involved in the corrupt practices he was accused of. Also, Justice Logo, Justice Paul Uter Dery, and a few others, have filed several lawsuits seeking to nullify all legal proceedings against them as well as prevent their possible dismissal.
Chief Justice Sued
One of the fresh issues following the Anas exposé is that of Justice Habib Logoh, one of the indicted High Court Judges who recently filed a suit against the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood. Justice Logoh has been filing suit upon suit after the corruption exposé, and this time; he cited Justice Wood for contempt of court.
In the suit which was filed Wednesday, February 1, Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh is questioning why the Chief Justice is going ahead to begin impeachment proceedings against him, when he has other suits pending in court in relation to his interdiction.
“I am also seeking a declaration that your conduct to proceed with the impeachment proceedings whilst there is a suit in the Supreme Court challenging your jurisdiction is contemptuous of the Supreme Court,” part of the writ reads.
In response to a January 30, 2017 letter seeking his response to a petition seeking his dismissal on stated misbehaviour, Justice Logoh said he has taken steps to repair his dented image following the Tiger Eye undercover investigations which revealed how judges traded justice for money and items.
The January 30 letter or petition is a follow up to a September 15, 2015 petition, in which Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who is head of the Tiger Eye PI, requested the dismissal of Justice Logoh for abusing his position.
Justice Logoh therefore maintains that the Chief Justice has no reason to commence proceedings for his dismissal since the cases in question are still pending in court.
The Anas Exposé
A video showing Judicial practitioners collecting bribes for different purposes was released by Journalist Anas Aremwyaw Anas in 2015. Anas who heads a private investigation agency ‘Tiger Eye Pi’ embarked on an intense undercover investigation to fish out the bad eggs adulterating the judicial system. Using undercover representatives from the agency; so many shocking revelations were made.
The revelation which has since been dubbed ‘Anas Exposé’ unraveled widespread corruption in the judiciary, leading to series of dismissals of judicial service staff. Aside lawyers, court registrars, interpreters, and a watchman were also included among the dismissed staff of the Judicial Service. Click here to get details of the Anas Exposé and to see a list of the sacked judges.
About Anas Aremeyaw
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a private undercover anti corruption investigative journalist. Known for his motto: “Name, Shame and Jail”, Anas specialized in gathering hard core evidence of crime and corruption, making the perpetrators to face the law.
My definition and style for journalism is to name, shame and jail to save the country from the hands of unscrupulous persons, whose core aim is to rob the nation of what it deserves – Anas.
He is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool for delving into the most secret and dirty deals of those is positions of authority, as well as the ordinary people.
Very few people had seen his face until “unmasking” during a BBC interview in November 2015.
Anas who hinted that he is faced with 72 different lawsuits at a public lecture sometime last year, pointed out he cannot help breaching some journalism rules because of the type of journalism he is practising.
“The repositories of ethics may have their views but the Ghanaian society differs from theirs, therefore, the need for my style of journalism,” he said.
Anas has won more than 14 international awards for his investigative work. He was polled as the fifth most influential Ghanaian in 2011 by ETV. He was also named one of the “Most Influential Africans of the Year” by New African magazine in December 2014.