Anas’ exposé: Hearing on 14 high court judges begin Tuesday

A justice of the Court of Appeal has been appointed by the Chief Justice to preside over the case involving the 12 high court judges, who have been implicated in the exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a statement from the Judicial Council says.

Four have since responded and the rest have been given up to Tuesday, September 22 to respond to the allegations.

This is part of Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood’s attempt to establish a prima facie case against the implicated judges.

The statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Alex Poku-Acheampong, also indicated that an appellate panel has been set up to see to appeals that may arise from the decisions to be taken by the court.

It said 80 of the court staff in the video have been identified with two committees set up by the Judicial Secretary to investigate acts of misconduct.

“One of the committees will be sitting next Wednesday, September 23, 2015,” the statement on Friday said.

Fifteen persons identified in the video are also said to be staff of Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service and the Attorney-General’s Department.

“Their names and photographs are being forwarded to the relevant institutions for necessary action.”

‘Bail contractors’

Two individuals have also been identified as private ‘bail contractors’.

Separately, the five-member committee set up by Ms Wood to hear the responses of the 22 circuit court judges and magistrates has suspended sitting as a result of suits file by 14 of them.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh

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