Judical corruption: Judge sues Chief Justice

Judical corruption: Judge sues Chief Justice

One of the judges indicted in the judicial corruption scandal uncovered by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has sued the chief justice for dismissing him from the service.

Judical corruption: Judge sues Chief Justice

Chief Justice, Georgina Wood

The magistrate judge, Stephen Asuure, who joined the attorney-general to the suit, is praying the High Court to overrule his removal from office without benefits which took effect from December 7, 2015, a report by citifmonline said on Thursday.

Mr Asuure was among 32 judges captured in a video by Anas allegedly taking bribes to influence justice.

He was accused of receiving an amount of GHc500 in a matter titled Republic Vrs Abubakar S. Adam & Ors to allegedly be lenient with the accused persons - an allegation he has rejected.

A disciplinary committee was subsequently set up by chief justice to investigate the conduct of the judges named in the video, leading to their dismissal.

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But Asuure is of the view that he was wrongfully dismissed.

He argued in his writ that his removal from office was not only procedurally wrong, but also in violation of his fundamental human rights.

He said the disciplinary committee, for instance, had prevented him from calling witnesses to corroborate his denial of the allegations against him contrary to to provisions of article 19 (2)(c) and (e) of the Constitution, 1992 as well as Regulation 40 (1) of L.I. 319.

Mr Asuure lawyer, John Ndebugri, told Accra-based Citi FM that his client decided to go to court because he felt his rights had been violated.

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“What my client told me is that, on the day he appeared before the disciplinary committee, apparently they were fed up with the work and they said we are finishing today so let’s hurry up. And he said, I have witnesses to come and testify that I took this money for the purpose of apprehending this Anas agent but they said no and they concluded the matter. That flies in the face of the constitution,” he said.

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