Judge who dismissed Ghana@50 case suffered for it – Martin Amidu

The Court of Appeal judge who acquitted Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani and Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby in the Ghana@50 case may have been punished for his decision.

Justice Samuel Marful-Sau, a Court of Appeal judge sitting as an additional High Court judge dismissed the state’s case against the two on August 10, 2010.

The former Chief of Staff, Mr. Mpiani and CEO of the erstwhile Ghana@50 Secretariat, Dr. Wereko-Brobby, had been standing trial for allegedly causing financial loss to the state.

But Justice Marful-Sau dismissed the case, holding the findings of a Commission of Inquiry could not form the basis upon which to bring criminal charges against the two.

President John Atta Mills’ government was pretty upset with the decision and vowed to overturn it through an appeal.

No appeal was ever sent to court so the matter died a natural death.

Former Attorney-General Martin Amidu is now revealing justice Marful-Sau was ‘highly’ recommended by the Judicial Council for nomination to the Supreme Court by the President.

But the president ignored the recommendation and nominated less recommended candidates.

Martin Amidu was parrying suggestions by journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako that undercover investigations by his protégé, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was not targeted at judges the government is unhappy with.

The former A-G has been insisting the recent judicial bribery scandal uncovered by Anas and his Tiger Eye PI was commissioned by the government divert attention from massive political corruption.

He said the National Democratic Congress government had been having serious problems with the judiciary after losing important cases in court between 2009 and 2012.

Amongst others, he cited the Ghana@50 case as one of the cases the government was pretty upset it lost.

Analysing the issue on Joy FM and MultiTV’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, Kweku Baako said if indeed Martin Amidu’s prognosis was logical, the investigation would have targeted Justice Marful-Sau which is not the case.

But Amidu shot back, saying the judge had suffered for his decision in the case.

“Let me ask him (Kweku Baako), is he aware that the Judicial Council recommended Justice Marful-Sau as the first candidate to be promoted to the Supreme Court and yet he was refused that promotion and yet those who were not on the list of prime recommendation were appointed?

“Doesn’t he realize that it is because of Justice Marful-Sau’s ruling that he suffered?

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