Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, has lashed out at legal practitioner, John Ndebugri for insisting that investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas be made to unmask himself before the judicial committee investigating allegations of bribery and corruption in the judiciary.
Why do you seek to see Anas' face - Kweku Baako to Ndebugri
“We are not in ordinary times. Established practice does not even allow live recording of court proceedings but established practice was put aside", Kweku Baako added.
Anas, who is the key witness in the proceedings has been appearing before the judicial committee masked.
Lead counsel for the 14 circuit court judges and magistrates indicted in the video, Mr John Ndebugri, has however said the act of Anas not unveiling his face is unfair. He believed the judicial committee was bending the rules to favour Anas.
Speaking on Accra-based Joy FM, Mr. Ndebugri said he would not cross-examine Anas if he continued to appear before the committee masked.
“Even chiefs are forced to remove their chieftaincy head-dress or crown and persons wearing dark glasses removed them when they appear in court so that their demeanour can be determined - whether you are lying or not. It is unfair… it is just like bending the rules to please one person. I will not cross-examine a hooded person, I am not participating in the dubious process,” Mr. Ndebugri said.
However, Mr Baako who was not pleased with the statement asked why Mr. Ndebugri was seeking for Anas to be unmasked.
“Those who are seeking to look at the face of Anas for whatever purpose, what are those judges who claim Anas came to them with his face, what are they doing saying about their faces and bodies in the video collecting those monies?”
“We are not in ordinary times. Established practice does not even allow live recording of court proceedings but established practice was put aside.”
Mr Baako further advised Mr Ndebugri and his clients to be more concerned over the substance of the case before the committee.
Anas, on Wednesday, confused judges and journalists when three hooded men, dressed almost the same way arrived at the premises of the court leaving onlookers with no clue about which one of them is the real Anas.
Only few people know what Anas looks like in person, as he constantly disguises himself dressed in a long robe and a facial veil.
The ace journalist has had to employ his method of disguise for security and safety reasons. He says it is the price he pays for exposing the corruption and rot of some powerful people in the Ghanaian society.
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