‘I’m being threatened with death’ – Justice Dery cries to IGP

Suspended High Court judge, Justice Peter Uuter Dery says he feels threatened by a social media comment suggesting a possible plot to murder him

Following his petition to President John Mahama to investigate the true identity of Tiger Eye PI, [the organisation whose work led to his suspension] someone made comments about him, which he considers as a threat.

He quoted one Cephas Kumah as having made the following comments about him on February 9, on the Facebook page of the Daily Graphic.

“This man’s intransigence is making some of us revise our notes on Amartei Kwei and Co’s killing of the three High Court Judges and the retired Army Officer. For how long will these legal gymnastics last?”

According to the embattled judge, he does not feel safe in the wake of this comment and has consequently petitioned the IGP to investigate the said Cephas Kumah and the threat.

“Respectfully, I feel threatened by the above statement of Cephas Kumah. I am therefore requesting that you use your good office to cause investigations to be conducted into this threat. I hope and pray that you would expeditiously act on this petition as I fear for my life,” he said in the petition dated February 16.

Justice Dery is one of 34 judges at the country’s High Courts, the Circuit and District courts were captured on camera allegedly taking bribes from litigants whose cases come before them.

The three-hour edited video, which is the result of a two-year painstaking investigation into the judiciary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his team, also exposes some court officials in a sex scandal.

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Justice Dery has since filed multiple legal suits to absolve himself of any offence as contained in a petition sent to President Mahama by Tiger Eye PI to get him removed as a judge.

His move has widely been criticised by many who hold it is a ploy by the embattled judge to delay justice in his case.

 By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

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