Sanitize the judiciary – Casely-Hayford

Speaking on Citi FM’s The Big Issue on Saturday, Mr Casely-Hayford said he was saddened by the development and asked that the judiciary be sanitized to redeem its integrity.

Casely-Hayford - Financial Analyst

Financial analyst, Sidney Casely-Hayford is calling for the sanitization of the judicial system.

His comments came in the wake of a bribery scandal that has rocked the judiciary.

An investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas has established complicity of some 180 officials of the Judicial Service caught on camera taking bribes and extorting money from litigants. Thirty-four (34) of the suspected culprits are said to be judges at the High, the Circuit and the District courts.

Anas sent the two petitions: one dated 31st August and addressed to the president; the other on 2nd September 2015 to the Chief Justice. The journalist in accordance with Article 146 asked the president to initiate impeachment proceedings against the High Court judges he says took bribes to pervert justice.

22 circuit court judges named in the petition have been suspended after a crucial meeting of the council to consider measures against them. However, 14 of them have sued the Judicial Council, challenging the processes leading their suspension.

Speaking on Citi FM’s on Saturday, Mr Casely-Hayford said he was saddened by the development and asked that the judiciary be sanitized to redeem its integrity.

“We must at all cost, find the means to sanitize the judiciary. I have based my entire strategy as OccupyGhana and my friends that, the legal process is the one last resort that we have to be able to fix this problem. I am not only disappointed; I am very depressed… I’m so depressed that the little things that make me happy are not that [which is happening now]. I’m so sad of the outcome. It doesn’t matter to me that the police are corrupt, it doesn’t matter to me that the educational system is corrupt… but not to be able to have the confidence to go out into the court of law and to get redemption… I’m disappointed,” he said.

Meanwhile, eleven (11) out of twenty (20) names have emerged as judges who rejected bribes from Anas to influence cases before their courts.

The 20 judges, whose names have been submitted to the Chief Justice for commendation, were said to have rejected bribes in various sums from the journalist whose latest investigation into Ghana’s judiciary has revealed scandalous corruption.

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