She made these remarks after watching ‘Ghana in the Eyes of God – Epic of Injustice’, a piece of investigative work by Anas Aremeyaw Anas which captured more than 30 judges and about 100 court officials allegedly taking bribes to free suspects in robbery and murder cases.
Afia Schwarzenegger mocks ‘corrupt’ judges
According to controversial radio and television personality, Afia Schwarzenegger, she never knew judges were ‘cheap’ to the point of some taking an amount of five hundred Ghana cedis as bribe.
“I never thought Justices are cheap in Ghana, and we go ahead bribing the police. I mean the police commanders charge better than the judges. I’m so disappointed. I think the one [indicted justices] that took the best prize was the one that had sex,” she told Pulse.com.gh
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The comedienne indicated that the poor conditions of service of the justices could have led to their involvement in the alleged corrupt act. She rebuked politicians for serving their parochial interests instead of improving the lives of public sector workers to avert a possible acceptance of bribes.
“Ghana should bow down its head in shame. When I started watching the video, I was like, ‘that is why they take bribes.’ If you see the kind of houses they live in, the kind of couches judges have, the kind of dirty environment judges find themselves, then I guess this is what’s going to happen… Look at where our judges sit. And the court room is disgusting,” she fumed.
“I’m so ashamed. All our ministers know is to buy new cars, travel outside and sleep with children young enough to be their kids. It serves us right as a nation,” Afia Schwarzenegger added.
Thousands of people besieged the Accra International Conference Centre to have a glimpse of the much anticipated judicial corruption video. Though some of the judges had sought to place an injunction on the screening, the event went on as scheduled.
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