‘Corrupt’ judges could have resisted ‘devil’ Anas – Casely-Hayford

A private legal practitioner, Bright Akwetey in an interview with Citi FM’s Eyewitness News last week suggested that Anas invaded the privacy of the judges and lured them into accepting bribes.

Disguised Anas

While some people have questioned the modus operandi employed by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas in uncovering the alleged bribery in the judiciary, financial analyst, Sidney Casely-Hayford has said that he sees nothing wrong with the method.

Transcripts and footages of secretly recorded conversations that allegedly compromise the integrity of some high court judges, circuit court judges, magistrates, court clerks and other officials has been met with diverse views.

A private legal practitioner, Bright Akwetey in an interview with Citi FM’s last week suggested that Anas invaded the privacy of the judges and lured them into accepting bribes. According to him, the journalist is equally liable for prosecution and must be taken on by the law.

“…When investigating, you (Anas) didn’t go to hide somewhere to look at or to screen a scene when a judge is seen taking money from somebody but you instigated the thing yourself by offering cash,” he argued.

In a rebuttal on on Saturday, Mr Casely-Hayford stated that the judges could have rejected the offer.

“If you succumb to the temptation, it means that it is something you will do. The devil tempted Jesus on several occasions; yet, he resisted on all occasions. The judges could have resisted the devil. You wanted him [Anas] to go to the judges and ask if they take bribe… Anas has done nothing wrong. I see nothing wrong with it. All that you have is that, your legal system is rallying around both the judges, the judicial system and the lawyers are now rallying around to try and protect each other and to try and find a mechanism and way out where they can say that this was a deliberate attempt to ruin some people’s images and to ruin their reputations,” he said.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ method of investigation has involved going undercover, adopting various disguises and secretly audio- and video-taping his subjects.

His investigative pieces over the years have captured on video how some security agencies aided people to smuggle cocoa outside the borders of the country, how inmates at the orphanage in Bawjiase were maltreated and the home being turned into a business venture by its founder; bad management practices, food theft, drugs trafficking and drugs sales from the Accra Psychiatric Hospital among others.

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