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3 'corrupt' judges sacked disappointed in Nana Addo - Lawyer speaks

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has dismissed three Justices of the High Court cited in the judicial bribery exposé done by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

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A statement from the presidency said he conduct of the three have been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service for prompt action.

The judges are Ayisi Addo, Paul Uuter Dery, and Mustapha Habib Logoh. The decision was taken in accordance with the Judicial Council.

"The President, in accordance with the provisions of Article 146(9) of the Constitution, has acted on the recommendations of the Committee, as the Constitution enjoins him to do, and has, accordingly, removed the three Justices of the High Court from office on the grounds of bribery and corruption," the statement added.

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The Committee concluded that the conduct of the Justices amounted to a criminal offence under the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29) (as amended).

However, lawyer for the dismissed judges, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo in an interview on Accra-based Class FM said the decision was taken by the President, therefore his clients are disappointed.

"The decision has been taken by the president. My clients do not have much to say except to express their disappointment and to emphasise the fact that they have not appeared before any committee after the court has started sitting and they will be going back to the court on 23 January 2019 where they will bring the latest development to the attention of the court and seek the court’s direction as to what to do next.

"Ideally, you would have wished that the president would have waited for the African court’s decision because even if the committee has made its recommendation, January is just one month away, and after that the court will give a date for judgment. We have waited for three years, what will a few more months have done to warrant anything against my clients, but anyway, the president has taken his decision and we respect it, but we disagree with it, and we will test it at the appropriate [quarters]," he said.

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