General News of Monday, 31 October 2016
The Supreme Court of Ghana ruled that Tiger Eye PI, a company whose purported CEO is investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas does not exist, Justice Paul Uuter Dery, has said.
Justice Dery, a High Court judge who was removed from office due to his involvement in a judicial scandal argues that even though the Supreme Court upheld that Anas was the one who petitioned President Mahama to remove him, the court also affirmed that Anas’ company is nonexistent by law.
“I want it to be put on record that, I, Justice Paul Uuter Dery was in the Supreme Court on Thursday, 27th October, 2016 when the judgment was read. Nowhere in the judgment did the Supreme Court state that Tiger Eye PI exists as a company registered in Ghana. On the contrary, the Supreme Court agreed with the case of the Plaintiffs that Tiger Eye PI is a non-existent company,” he stated in a press release on Sunday, October 30.
Justice Dery, Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh and Justice Gilbert Ayisi Addo, all High Court judges who were also caught in the bribery scandal sued Tiger Eye PI challenging the company’s authenticity to issue a petition for their removal from office.
The three plaintiffs were part of 34 judges exposed in a bribery scandal by Anas.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who conducted the investigation, which exposed the judges, has been named as the first defendant while the Chief Justice and the Attorney General are the second and third defendants, respectively.
The statement issued by Justice Dery was in reaction to a publication in the New Weekend Crusading Guide newspaper which he felt contained inaccuracies in its reportage concerning proceedings on October 27 at the Supreme Court.
Additionally, he believes the ruling confirms that Anas conducts his operations fraudulently using a “dummy corporation”.
Below is the full press release:
RE: ANAS FLOORS DERY IN FINAL SHOWDOWN…. HE COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH ANAS AT CJ C’TTEE NEXT WEEK.
I read with extreme consternation the publication in the front page of the New Weekend Crusading Guide Newspaper, Vol. 8 No. 40 dated 28th October, 2016 with the front banner headline that:
“ANAS FLOORS DERY In final showdown …He Comes Face-To-Face with Anas at CJ C’ttee Next Week”.
The story as published at page 3 of the Newspaper and carried by some online media portals sought to paraphrase with quotations the judgment of the apex Court of the land, the Supreme Court in Suit No. J1/9/2016 between His Lordships Justices Mustapha Habib Logoh, Paul Uuter Dery and Gilbert Ayisi Addo versus Tiger Eye PI, the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General, delivered on the 27th of October, 2016.
The suit as rightly pointed out in the publication challenged the capacity of Tiger Eye PI to petition the President, John Dramani Mahama, for their removal from office over “the judicial corruption scandal”.
The publication alleged that the Supreme Court in its judgment stated among other things that “the judgment, which was read by Justice Akamba chided the Plaintiff for making ‘unwarranted academic conjectures’ by calling Tiger Eye a non-existent company”.
I want it to be put on record that, I, Justice Paul Uuter Dery was in the Supreme Court on Thursday, 27th October, 2016 when the judgment was read. Nowhere in the judgment did the Supreme Court state that Tiger Eye PI exists as a company registered in Ghana. On the contrary, the Supreme Court agreed with the case of the Plaintiffs that Tiger Eye PI is a non-existent company. The Supreme Court only disagreed with the Plaintiffs that Tiger Eye PI is the one which petitioned the President for the removal of the Plaintiffs, and that Anas Aremeyaw Anas is the petitioner.
The publication also sought to quote Kissi Agyabeng of Cromwell Gray LLP to have referred to Anas as his client. I have no problem with whoever Mr. Kissi Agyabeng has as his client. But I want it to be put on record that Anas Aremeyaw Anas was not a party to the suit in which the Supreme Court gave the judgment on 27th October, 2016. So to attempt to confuse the public that Anas Aremeyaw Anas was a party to the suit and he “floored Dery” is a red herring.
Furthermore, I have no objection to Mr. Kissi Agyabeng being “prepared for any legal battle on this judicial scandal” for he is a qualified lawyer on the roll of lawyers who like any other lawyer in Ghana could represent the interest of any party to any litigation.
I want the general public to know that I, Justice Paul Uuter Dery, since September, 2015 to date, put up a legal battle over what has been termed “the judicial corruption scandal” which was alleged to have been exposed by a company called “Tiger Eye PI”. I got the Supreme Court to make two important declarations in its judgment on 4th February, 2016 as follows:
1. A declaration that the 1st Defendant’s (Tiger Eye PI) publication of its Petition to the President in the media contravened Article 146(8) of the 1992 Constitution and therefore unconstitutional.
2. A declaration that the conduct of the 1st Defendant acting through its Chief Executive Officer and Acting Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Anas Aremeyaw Anas in releasing the contents of the Petition, through publications in the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, his personal facebook page, public screening of the audio visual recordings in support of the Petition at the Accra International Conference Centre on the 22nd of September, 2015, containing the evidence in support of the petition, is in violation of Article 146(8) of the 1992 Constitution and therefore unconstitutional.
From the two declarations above, the Supreme Court was very clear in its mind that Anas Aremeyaw Anas breached the fundamental law of the land, the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. Anas Aremeyaw Anas has no respect for the law. He acts as and when he pleases as long as it satisfies his selfish interest.
It is obvious that Anas Aremeyaw Anas in his greed could go at any length to damage people. Everybody in this country and elsewhere have heard of the alleged existence of Tiger Eye PI, as a company owned by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Indeed on the company website he has reputable clientele namely:
1. The Government of Ghana
2. MTN Ghana
4. Anglogold Ashanti
5. Newmount Ghana
6. Group 4 Securicor Limited
7. Panos West Africa
8. Legal Resources Centre
9. Global Risk Analysis Control Risk
It would therefore be a shock to most of Tiger Eye PI clientele that, they have been dealing with a dummy corporation.
In other words, Anas Aremeyaw Anas uses a dummy corporation as a vehicle to perpetuate fraud on the citizens of Ghana and the International community. What Anas Aremeyaw Anas does not want Ghanaians in particular and the whole world in general to know is that the Supreme Court of Ghana by its judgment on Thursday, 27th October, 2016 declared that Tiger Eye PI is not a company registered under the laws of Ghana.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas by the publication on Friday, 28th October, 2016 says “…He Comes Face-To-Face With Anas At CJ C’ttee Next Week” he will be the witness at the Judicial Committee which will be hearing any disciplinary proceedings in respect of his petition.
This information is false to the knowledge of Anas Aremeyaw Anas and is only meant to deceive the general public.
I want it to be put on record that the Chief Justice has not made any prima facie determination against me in respect of the petition. Also on 28th October, 2016, I and Justices Mustapha Habib Logoh and Gilbert Ayisi Addo filed a suit in the Supreme Court against Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General challenging the jurisdiction of the Chief Justice to make any determination of prima facie over the criminal complaints contained in Anas Aremeyaw Anas petition.
Until this case is disposed of no prima facie case determination can be made against me to even warrant the setting up of a Committee by the Chief Justice. So Anas Aremeyaw Anas is deliberately misinforming the public.
Since Anas Aremeyaw Anas has disclosed plans after the judgment of the Supreme Court on 27th October, 2016 to appear before the Committee in his usual hood after the so-called “final showdown”, I have no problem with that. However, I also want the public to know my intentions.
They are as follows:
1. I would file a complaint against Anas Aremeyaw Anas to the Inspector General of Police to investigate the activities of the dummy corporation, Tiger Eye PI.
2. I would file another complaint with the Bank of Ghana and Financial Intelligence Centre to investigate the circumstances under which a dummy corporation, Tiger Eye PI, opened an account with Zenith Bank (Ghana) Ltd.
3. To institute a public interest litigation to recover all monies from Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which he acquired from the government of Ghana by the use of the fraudulent and dummy corporation, Tiger Eye PI as a vehicle in a gargantuan money laundering scheme.
4. To advice the shareholders of all private companies that Anas Aremeyaw Anas defrauded by the use of the dummy corporation, Tiger Eye PI to take steps to recover their monies.
5. To inform all foreign embassies in Ghana that Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a fraudster for he has been using a dummy corporation, Tiger Eye PI, as a vehicle in a money laundering scam.
In conclusion, I wish to state that I have restrained myself ever since the alleged “judicial corruption scandal” broke out in September, 2015 to speak to the media as a result of judicial ethics which I am bound to comply with and not because I have nothing to say.
However, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, took my silence for granted and continued to bash me in the media with impunity. I continued in pains to fight my battle in court till now.
I think I should end my silence now with yet again the misleading, fake and mischievous publication in the New Weekend Crusading Guide of Friday, 28th October, 2016 after the judgment of the Supreme Court on 27th October, 2016, a copy of which I am yet to receive.
Finally, when I get a certified true copy of the judgment of the Supreme Court which I have applied for, I would cause it to be published for the knowledge and the information of the good people of this country and the International community who care to know the truth so that they do not continue to suffer mischievous propaganda by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
I thank you for your attention.
His Lordship Justice Paul Uuter Dery