Judicial Corruption Scandal | Three More Judges, High Court Registrar Dismissed

Ghana's Chief-Justice-Georgina-Wood
Justice Georgina Wood, Ghana’s Chief-Justice

The Judicial Council has sacked three more Magistrates in connection with the judicial corruption scandal, a statement from the council said on Monday.

The three, His Worship Kaakyire Atta Owusu, Isaac Amoah and Stephen Azuure, are among nine magistrates removed from office without benefits. Six of them were fired last week but the names of these three lower court judges had to be left out since their letters of removal had not reached them.

The Judicial Council, in the statement also said one Kofi Kyere, a high court registrar has been dismissed.

Twenty justices of the lower courts were removed last week on grounds of the stated misbehaviour under article 151 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, following a resolution at its emergency meeting on Monday December 7, 2015.

The action comes on the back of a petition to the Council by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Tiger Eye PI, asking for the removal of some 34 judges and more than 100 judicial service staff, following their indictment in his recent corruption exposé, where they were videotaped taking bribes in the form of sex, goats and cash to influence the outcome of cases before them.

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