Breaking: 22 judges suspended

The Judicial Council has suspended 22 circuit court judges and magistrates effective 10 September 2015 following damming video evidence detailing bribery.

In a statement signed by Justice Opoku Acheampong, the Judicial Council has also put 12 High Court judges under investigation.

The statement was released Wednesday after a crucial meeting of the council to consider measure against the judges named in a petition presented by investigative journalist Anas Aremyaw Anas.

Anas sent the two petitions one dated 31 August and addressed to the president. The other on 2 September to the Chief Justice.

The award-winning investigative 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.

The Chief Justice has instituted a five-member disciplinary committee head by a Supreme Court judge.

The Committee will also look out for other court officials and clerks who may have collaborated in the bribery scandal are also

Her Ladyship the Chief Justice has also written to the 22 lower court judges with a deadline to respond to allegations by September 9.

Until a final determination on the case is made, the 22 judges remain suspended, a statement read.

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