Dery and co sue Anas for demanding their removal

Three embattled High Court judges, Justices Paul Dery, Mustapha Habib Logoh, and Gilbert Ayisi Addo have filed a fresh suit at the Supreme Court seeking to nullify a petition by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI to petition the President for their removal from the Bench.

 

According to them, Tiger Eye PI does not have the capacity to file that petition hence it must be declared unconstitutional.

Ghana was hit with a massive bribery scandal in September 2015, when it was revealed in an expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye team, that Superior and lower court judges took bribes from litigants whose cases come before them.

Twenty of the Magistrate and Circuit Court judges implicated in the judicial scandal have been removed from office so far.

Two High Court judges John Ajet-Nasam and Ernest Obimpeh have been subsequently sacked after being implicated in the judicial scandal.

Meanwhile, Justices of the Supreme Court have dismissed the suit by High Court judge Justice Paul Utter Dery seeking the court to annul the processes adopted by the Chief Justice for his removal from office.

According to the seven member panel of justices, despite some breach of the confidentiality clause by the petitioner for the removal of superior court justices, an annulment of the entire impeachment process is not a remedy to the case.

Their ruling also indicated that they did not believe the Chief Justice could not be said to be erred as she had given the applicant an opportunity to prove his innocence since the committee to investigate the matter will not make a decision based on public opinion.

They further stated that Justice Dery could adopt a process of defamation in addressing his concerns.

The embattled high court judge sued Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the Chief Justice and the Judicial Secretary for violating his constitutional rights by putting out into public domain the alleged evidence of his misconduct when the issue was supposed to be dealt with in camera.

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