The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police has commenced investigations into the allegations of corruption against some judicial personnel and police officers exposed by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in a video.
CID begins investigations into judicial bribery scandal
Anas, in his petition, said some of the policemen, in their capacities as escorts and court warrant officers (CWOs), acted as middlemen between him and the implicated judges
This followed a petition forwarded to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney General by Anas that the said officers took bribes to subvert justice in the two-years of investigations he undertook to expose corruption in the judiciary.
Seven police officers, who have so far been identified through their photographs in the video are to face interdiction. Commissioner of Police (COP) in charge of the CID, Mr Prosper K. Agblor told Graphic Online that the divisional commanders of the implicated officers have been directed to ask them to report to the CID headquarters.
They have been identified in the video as Seth Ahelegbe of Takoradi, Inspector Anku of Somanya and Apronti of Cape Coast; but the police administration is yet to put their official names and ranks out. The rest are Bala of Mpraeso, Appiah of Odumase Krobo and one woman, who is yet to be named.
Pictures of suspects According to COP Agblor, the service has received the pictures of the police personnel implicated in the video from the judicial secretary in a letter forwarding the information to the CID to take further action.
He said the CID had in turn written to the judicial service to also release the judicial personnel involved in the corruption allegation.
According to Mr Agblor the CID had earlier written to the Attorney General in line with the Police Service Instruction 166 paragraph 8, which states that criminal proceedings against a government official in respect of any matter arising out of his official duties or connected with his employment as such shall not be instituted without the permission of the Attorney General.
Judges to report at CID headquarters COP Agblor said the Attorney General and Minister of Justice had given the green light for the police to also initiate criminal investigations against the judges also implicated in the Anas video.
"We have also written to the judicial service to release the judges and judicial staff cited in the Anas expose," Mr Ablor said. It is expected that the judges and other judicial service staff cited in the expose would report to the CID headquarters on Tuesday.
"We have received the pictures and some names of the police personnel involved and the criminal investigations will follow the normal criminal procedures depending on the evidence we get after we hear their side of the story."
He explained that the police would begin the investigation by taking statements from the suspects. When asked how long the investigation would take, Mr Agblor said "we will do our best to expedite the action."
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