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General News of Thursday, 17 September 2015

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Prosecute Anas – Former State Attorney

A former State Attorney Augustine Obuor has called for the prosecution of Anas Aremeyaw Anas for bribing judges.

Augustine Obuor, who is also a lawyer, says Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ recent investigative video which captured judges allegedly taking bribes, cannot be admitted in court as evidence.

Mr. Obuor quoted the Criminal Procedure Code which states that one cannot provoke crime and be a witness to that crime in the court of law to back his argument.

In a yet-to-be-released video by Ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, 34 judges have been filmed allegedly taking monies to rule in favour of some suspected criminals.

Over one hundred officials of the Judicial Service have also been cited in the
exposé.

The much-talked about exposé cited judges such as Justice Charles Quist, Justice John Ajet-Nassam, Justice Ernest Obimpe, Justice Essel Mensah, Justice Paul U. Dery.

Twenty-two lower court judges whose names appeared in the scandal were suspended with effect from Thursday September 10, 2015 over the scandal.

At the Annual Conference of the Ghana Bar Association, Chief Justice Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood promised to “swiftly and decisively apply appropriate sanctions” if the judges implicated in the bribery scandal are found guilty.

Some eminent personalities have commented on the issue, including Former President J.A Kufuor and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who described the scandal as “tsunami of scandals” and which has shattered the spirit of the nation.

The Chief Justice has instituted impeachment proceedings against the 12 High Court judges.

Some of them are in court challenging the legality of not only the proceedings but also the collection of the evidence by Anas and his Tiger Eye PI.

Anas and his team posed as middle men buying freedom for persons before the courts and in some cases relied on court clerks who served as intermediaries between the judges and the connection men.

The Attorney-General has granted Anas immunity from prosecution or any civil suit, applying provisions of the Whistle Blowers Act.

But former State Attorney, Mr Obuor, says Anas Aremeyaw Anas has to be prosecuted for tempting the judges with bribe.

“In fact if we were a serious people in this nation, we should be prosecuting Anas instead. It is a matter of principle and it has always been there, it is not from me,” he said.