Dery Contempt Case Reinstated

Justice Gertrude Torkonoo – the trial judge who dismissed Justice Utter Peter Dery’s application to have investigative reporter, Anas Aremyaw Anas and four others jailed for contempt over the screening of his (Anas’) audiovisuals in which embattled Dery and 12 other justices allegedly received bribes – has vacated her order which dismissed the application, thus paving way for the contempt matter to be reinstated.

This comes on the heels of an application by Justice Dery for certiorari and prohibition against Justice Torkonoo at the supreme court seeking to get her to recuse herself from any matter involving Justice Dery on the audiovisuals screening and the Judicial committee sitting over the matter.

In a written order signed by the trial judge, she said she had vacated the order under the belief that the contempt matter was slated for hearing that day and did not have an idea that the matter had been adjourned by the registrar. She has consequently vacated the order and has had the contempt application adjourned to december 21, 2015 for hearing and said she took that decision because “it is the proper thing to do.” The application for Mrs. Torkonoo – an Appeals court judge sitting with additional responsibility to recuse herself from hearing any matter concerning any writ or application filed by the embattled judge, also includes an application seeking to quash the contempt dismissal.

Justice Dery also wants the court to nullify decisions the Appeal Court judge made in the course of hearing the applications to stop Anas from screening the audiovisuals at the International Conference Centre.

Hearing of all the three applications has been adjourned to January 7, 2016.

Justice Dery had filed three suits at the High Court against tiger Eye PI (Anas’ company) and Anas as well as NEW CRUSADING GUIDE and other media houses over the screening of the video – suits which were all dismissed by the trial judge.

Justice Dery also filed another writ against Anas for screening the audiovisuals in Kumasi which is being heard in a high court.

the embattled High Court judge is seeking 10 reliefs against tiger Eye PI, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General, as the first, second and third defendants respectively.

Twenty two circuit court judges and magistrates allegedly involved in the judicial bribery scandal are also facing disciplinary action and some of them have been sacked without benefits.

The high court judge wants the court to declare that the CJ, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, acting through the judicial secretary’s press release dated September 11, 2015 in which he and 11 other judges were said to be involved in the bribery scandal, was in contravention of the 1992 Constitution.

the judge is seeking the original jurisdiction of the court and wants a declaration that the committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the corruption scandal in the judiciary was null and void.

He also wants the court to declare among other reliefs that tiger Eye PI, acting through its Chief Executive officer (CEO) and acting editor of the NEW CRUSADING GUIDE Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in releasing the contents of the petition through publications in the paper, his personal Facebook page as well as public audiovisual recording of the documentary at the conference centre violated Article 146 of the Constitution.

BY Fidelia Achama

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