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General News of Thursday, 22 October 2015


Stop the diversion; Anas will remain masked - Lawyer tells Egbert

Lawyer for ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas says attempts by lawyers for alleged corrupt judicial service staff to get his client remove his veil during cross examination are not only diversionary but a failed attempt to buy time.

Kissi Adjabeng told Joy News, Wednesday, Anas is "going to remain masked" despite threats to unmask him.

"What is at stake is not the face of Anas; what is at stake is whether or not you were caught on camera taking bribe," he said.

Some 34 judges, over 100 judicial staff members, a number of state attorneys and police officers have been implicated in the biggest bribery scandal to have hit the judiciary.

The suspects were caught on camera trading justice for money and goods.

The Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood has put together a five member committee to investigate the scandal.

But there was drama at the committee hearing on Wednesday when lawyers defending some of the implicated judicial staff members demanded that Anas and his team who had appeared before the committee for cross-examination remove their hoods.

Anas had always been in hoods ever since he began undercover investigations and had appeared same during previous committee hearings.

But on Wednesday, Egbert Faibille Jnr prayed the committee to have Anas unveiled in order to provide a fair hearing for his client.

He had argued that in previous but similar cases when he had to cross-examine Anas in court, the judge cleared the court and asked Anas to appear unmasked for the cross-examination to go on.

He does not understand why the Chief Justice Committee will not allow Anas to appear without a mask.

The Committee overruled the motion by Faibille Jnr and explained that Anas is a whistle blower and his identity would have to be kept secret at all times.

Egbert Faibille Jnr was unhappy with the ruling and decided to pursue the matter at the High Court. This led to the adjournment of the committee hearing.

Responding to the issue on Joy FM, Kissi Adjabeng said his client is not "wearing the hood for drama. They are wearing it for security."

He cited the recent kidnap of one of the Tiger Eye employees, saying his clients will not be exposed for future kidnappers to have their way.

"The lives of the people are more important than to see their demeanor before the committee," he noted.