May 26, 2011

The allegation made by four Lawyers that the Judges and the Judiciary is corrupt appears to have been treated with the seriousness that it deserves as the Judicial Committee of Parliament has also waded into the controversy.

The Judicial Committee of Parliament is to conduct an investigation into the allegation to unravel the truth or otherwise of the assertion.

The Committee has expressed concern over the tagging of Judges and Judiciary as corrupt saying it is a serious statement worth investigating and must not be allowed to die a natural death.

The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Member of Parliament for Ashiaman Alfred Agbesi in an interview with the media, stated that the Committee views the allegation as in indictment of the very body or institution that should dispense justice for all manner of persons and not for the highest bidder.

Four Lawyers, Raymond Atuguba, David Annan, Abraham Amaliba and Larry Bimi made the corruption allegations at a round-table discussion on the Judiciary and Ghana’s justice system in Accra, organized by the National Commission for Civic Education as part of its annual constitution week celebration.

Another Lawyer Chris Ackumey, just last week repeated the same allegation on radio claiming that he has evidence of a judge taking a bribe of GHC 500 from an man whose case was before the very judge.

The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, has directed the invitation of lawyer Chris Ackumey to substantiate his claim.

He has indicated that he will respond to the invitation and mention the name of the judge, where he took the bribe and the witnesses.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/