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PRESIDENT SUSPENDS FOUR JUDGES

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Four Justices of the High Court have been suspended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The suspension took effect from Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Four Justices of the High Court have been suspended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The suspension took effect from Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

 

According to a release signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency, the decision was taken on the advice of the Judicial Council and in accordance with Article 146 (10) of the Constitution.

The suspended Justices are Justice Uuter Paul Dery, Justice Mustapha Logoh, Justice Gilbert Ayisi Addo and Justice Charles Quist.

Mr Arhin stated that, through a letter dated Tuesday, May 8, 2018, President Akufo-Addo had notified each of the four Justices of the decision.

According to the statement, the suspension followed the establishment of a prima facie case against the four Justices by the Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate alleged acts of bribery and corruption against certain persons, including the four Justices, in a petition dated August 29, 2015, by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas in 2015, in an investigative work, videotaped 34 Ghanaian judges in separate conversations with suspects or persons acting as agents of suspects before them to compromise big cases.

Twenty out of the 21 lower court judges who were indicted in the judicial corruption scandal were removed from office.

Some of the judges were removed with their end of service benefits intact, but others were not given.

The Mahama administration, under whose tenure the exposé happened, suspended from office, seven out of 12 high court judges who were implicated.

A letter issued on the directive of then Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, who was acting in his capacity as the President of Ghana, suspended Justice Francis K. Opoku, Justice Kofi Esssel Mensah, Justice Ajet Nasam  and Justice Ernest Obimpeh.

The rest included Justice Kwame Ohene Essel and Justice Ivy Heward-Mills.

The letter signed by the Judiciary Secretary, Justice Alex B Poku-Acheampong, stated that the then Chief Justice decided to suspend the determination of a prima facie case in respect of Justice Mustapha Logoh and Justice Dery as a result of legal actions they had initiated against the proceedings. The proceedings against Justice Quist were deferred on grounds of ill-health.

The five-member committee that investigated the matter was chaired by Justice Sophia Adiyira.