- Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has questioned the seeming unfairness in Ghana’s justice system
- The Ashanti king premised his argument on the recent discharge of some members of the pro NPP vigilante group, Delta Force
King and overlord of the Ashanti kingdom Otumfuo Osei Tutu II believes Ghana’s judiciary system is gradually losing ground with regards to delivering fair judgement in the court room.
According to him, recent rulings from the country’s judges have shown that they no longer uphold fairness when delivering their verdicts.
He cited the case of some Delta Force members who stormed a court room to free suspects yet were given minimum fines.
In his view, judges have rather tended to give hefty fines and jail terms to persons who engage in petty crimes, claiming a person who steals a got is given a bigger punishment than another who goes as far as putting the lives of judges and court staff under threat.
Otumfuo was speaking at the Annual Chief’s Forum held in Kumasi on Monday.
Addressing the gathering, he said: “If someone steals a goat and is fined GHC5,000 and additionally slapped with a jail term, how can people who invaded a courtroom, overpower the security, release suspects, and put the life of the judge and staff in danger, and as their punishment… fined only GHC1,800.”
“Has justice been served and if even it has been served, the question may be asked; whether the quality of justice was served. Quality justice for whom?”
He continued that judges have to do away with such judgements if they want their verdicts to be accepted by the general public.
According to him “justice delayed is justice denied”, adding that judges must endeavour to “establish in the pursuit of quality justice, prominent should be given to expeditious disposal of cases,” He was, however, confident that the judiciary system in Ghana will improve with time.
His sentiments were also echoed by Chief Justice Ms. Sophia Akuffo, who called on all judges to make fairness their hallmark.
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