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Judicial corruption scandal “nothing new” - Akosa

"The latest corruption scandal which has hit Ghana’s judiciary is “nothing new”, according to Prof. Agyemang Badu Akosa."

Source: GHR1/starrfmonline

Posted on : Thu 08 Oct 2015

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The latest corruption scandal which has hit Ghana’s judiciary is “nothing new”, according to Prof. Agyemang Badu Akosa.

Commending investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas for his undercover work which has exposed 34 alleged corrupt judges, the doctor-cum-politician said the nature of the case and the modus operandi used to uncover the judges make it unique.

He noted that bribing judges is an open secret in Ghana “since time immemorial,” alleging that some lawyers are involved in the act of inducing judges to throw away cases.

The Judicial Council is investigating 34 members of the bench over their alleged involvement in the bribery scandal which was captured on video.

After a two-year painstaking investigations, journalist Anas, who operates incognito, petitioned the Chief Justice Georgina Wood to impeach the implicated judges as well as sack over a 100 Judicial Service staff.

Seven of the high court judges and 12 lower court magistrates are on suspension after a prima facie case was established against them.

“It is just a tip of the iceberg,” Akosa told Anopa Kasapa host Fiifi Banson, Thursday.

Prof. Akosa was of the view that corruption has eaten into the moral fiber of the Ghanaian society including the legislature and the executive.

He called on all Ghanaians to cultivate a sense of patriotism to transform the fortunes of the country.

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