Ghana's judicial system may be approaching a major shake-up following reports of massive bribery and compromise among judges, according to sources speaking with SaharaReporters.
SaharaReporters has gathered that some 34 judges may be exposed for delivering verdicts in exchange for their own financial gain.
Legendary investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, known for his high profile detective work, has been investigating judges in Ghana and is believed to have these top judges on both audio and video devices engaging in illegal activity.
These judges include High Court Judge Justice John Ajet-Nassam, known for throwing out the case against Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the controversial Gh51 million judgment debt scandal. Others include Human Rights Court Judge Kofi Essel Mensah and High Court Judge Charles Quist. They are reportedly on tape agreeing to skew judgments in cases including robbery, murder, and corruption for bribes.
Reports say Anas, in typical fashion, is planning a 'Grand Premiere' at the National Theater in Accra where he will play the recordings of some of Ghana's top judges negotiating bribes and agreeing to influence the delivery of justice in favor of the bribe payers. Representatives from his outfit say it took 2 years of painstaking and reticent work.
In recent developments, ahead of the pending 'premiere,' some of the judges have handed in their resignation. Another, Justice Obimpeh, has reportedly been hospitalized at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra. Justice Charles Quist, has reportedly suffered mild stroke since news of the scandal started making rounds. Ahead of the 'premiere' Judge Quist’s interaction with the 'bribe-payers' has been released as a teaser.
“What if I release him [armed robbery suspect] on Friday and I don’t see you again?” Quist is alleged to be heard saying on the tape.
”Oh I will get him off. I will get him off the hook on Friday but everything will depend on you,” he stressed in the conversation.
Ghana's judicial system has come under scrutiny in recent times with many calling for massive judicial reform.