“It’s Unfair To Pay Corrupt Judges Benefits” - GII

“It’s Unfair To Pay Corrupt Judges Benefits” - GII

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has questioned the rationale behind the Chief Justice’s decision to give some of the dismissed corrupt judges their end of service benefits.

According to the Executive Secretary of the GII – the local chapter of Transparency International, Vitus Azeem the judges found guilty should have gone home without benefits.

“A crime is a crime, whether you have shown remorse or not; it will be unfair to the rest [those without benefits,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

“They should all be treated equally…I think it’s unfair to give [the benefits] only to those who have shown remorse,” the anti-corruption campaigner added. “It’s unfair because they’ve all committed the same crime.”

The Chief Justice on Monday sacked Twenty out of 22 lower court judges, but four of them will be given their benefits for showing remorse.

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A prima facie case was established against the magistrates and district court judges after investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas captured them on camera taking bribes to influence cases before them.

The GII boss is also adding his voice for the prosecution of the corrupt judges.

About 130 other Judicial Service staff are being investigated over the undercover investigations.

Meanwhile,  reports also indicate that the names of all the 20 corrupt judges who have been dismissed by the Chief Justice are likely to be struck out from the register of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).

 

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