Are we killing the innocent by trading justice for money?

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Anas’s undercover investigation carried out on judges and staff of the Judicial Service of Ghana has been met with a myriad of reactions not only on front page media but in the Judicial World.

lawWhilst so many are glad that finally the lid has been lifted on the can of worms that has so long been suspected, others are calling for Anas to be jailed for contempt for leaking some evidence prejudicing their case or others seeking a gagging order and injunction against the release of the video evidence to the public.

Others implicated are challenging the legality of the procedure adopted by the Committee to investigate the matter, whilst others are seeking a declaration that the panel constituted by the Chief Justice to institute disciplinary proceedings has no legal basis.

For others, Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution requiring the Chief Justice to preside over what is considered as systemic failures of the carriage of justice in Ghana, is like asking Sepp Blatter to preside over allegations of bribery and corruption within FIFA.

A number of diaspora Ghanaians and members of CPAG are also requesting that in the interest of transparency and justice, following the implication of the President of Ghana himself being complicit in an allegation of corruption himself, it would be prudent for the Government of Ghana and the Judiciary to elect an independent body, possibly a legal delegation from the AU or otherwise under Article 146 to sit as a panel to investigate the complaints. Can our Constitution be amended to promote true, unbiased justice in this way so we really have an independent and objective resolution to this canker in one of our governmental arms?

Many judicial service staff are confused as names have not as yet been released as to who are implicated in the Anas investigations. Fear and panic is rampant and some are wary of having a fair hearing, as a result of media intervention, which is their human right under the 1992 Constitution.

Some also fear that those implicated may very well hold other members of the judiciary to ransom, if they are privy to any wrong doing of others not implicated in these current matters. How are we going to ensure justice is done judiciously and credibly?

What happened to the previous results and those found guilty under previous Anas investigations? According to some information on radio, in the Cocoa smugglers case, jailed for 16yrs; in the Chinese sex mafia case, a 42yrs combined jail sentence; in the Tema harbour case, 12 were sacked; in the Nana Akwasi Agyemang raping of 13 girls, a jail sentence of 16yrs; in the Registrar general signatory fraud case, a jail sentence of 4 yrs and in the Recaldo cocaine case, a jail term of 8yrs.
Source : Kwaku Baako on newsfile 12-09-2015 “Judicial Scandal – Newsfile on Joy News (12-9-15)”
Some, we hear, were just moved from one government agency to another. So some evidence of spring cleaning as a result of investigations. Are we ready to really deal with the rot in our nation?

“Unlike the other expos?s, the resolution of which can and should be managed from within, the alleged acts of bribery and collusion within our Judiciary needs to be cleared very publicly and very quickly to restore public confidence in such a vital arm of Government.

CPAG LEGAL&PR COMMITTEE
Chaired, Ms S. Quartey

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