Anas expose: Aggrieved persons can petition CJ for retrial if… Okudzeto

Former President of the Ghana Bar Association and legal luminary, Sam Okudzeto has said that persons confident that any of the 34 ‘corrupt’ judges ruled against them on any case can “petition the Chief Justice for a retrial”.

According to the renowned lawyer, “it is appropriate for the parties affected to petition exactly for that purpose because if a judge has actually collected money and gave judgment against you, and it is established that, that is what happened then you have every right to petition the Chief Justice for a retrial.”

His comments come on the back of the shocking expose by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas where some 34 judges and other court officials have been caught on tape (video and audio) receiving and demanding bribes.

The revelation also showed that some of the judges skewed judgments in favour of those who bribed, leaving some alleged culprits off the hook.

The countries judiciary has been accused of corruption but this seems to be the first time real evidence has been brought against them.

Speaking to TV3 news, lawyer Okudzeto indicated that “it is for the good in the sense that there are characters who have managed to get into the system and they have no business being judges. I have personally been worried about the recent trend where a lot of younger people have all monies being appointed to the judiciary.

“When we complain we are seen as ‘colo’ in the sense that I have seen the old system where lawyers who have distinguished themselves and are already made are approached to become judges… Mind you, you do not apply to become a judge, you are approach.

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“But not it is like a career that people just get into and want to make the maximum. This expose is going to help as a warning to everyone who is sitting in judgment to appreciate that honesty is required and that transparency is important.”

Meanwhile 22 judges of the High, Circuit and Magistrate courts have been suspended and investigations are currently ongoing.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana