Judges Beg Anas To Manipulate Video

Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Drama is unfolding over the Anas Aremeyaw Anas video capturing judges and court clerks allegedly receiving bribes to influence court decisions.

Some of the judges, while rushing to court to sue Anas for what they have termed as entrapment, are also engaging in behind-the-scenes negotiations with him (Anas) to manipulate the audio-visual recordings in order to mitigate the damage caused as Anas is set to screen the video publicly.

According to the Editor in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, some lawyers of the suspected bribe-taking judges who had resorted to the law courts for redress had approached him and Anas to manipulate evidence in favour of their clients.

Mr Baako accused the lawyers who equally rushed to the court to sue Anas in the ongoing judicial scandal of acting in bad faith.

“You don’t go out there pleading for four of your clients, pleading for mercy and asking for evidence to be manipulated and then you file a writ seeking to imprison those who are working for the good of the country,” Kweku Baako said on Newsfile, a Joy Fm popular talk-show programme, last Saturday.

Kweku Baako Jnr
The revelation on News File came as a shock to some jurists who think that the affected people appeared not to have learnt any lesson.

Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare of GIMPA Law School posted on his Facebook wall: ‘So not even the ongoing impeachment proceedings could deter these lawyers from obstructing justice. Are these lawyers obstructing justice?’

According to Mr Baako, the action of the lawyers gets on his nerves, calling their bluff to go ahead with their legal action against Anas.

“It makes me explode and I’ve decided that I’ll show that thing (video) and face the consequences,” he stated but noted that he was constrained by the rule of law.

The angry editor-in-chief would not name which of the lawyers are involved in the “hypocritical” conduct but said “Sooner than later we will expose that lawyer.”

Unfortunately for the said lawyer, it was an SMS message he sent to Kweku Baako, which he said he was keeping as evidence.

Some lawyers are in court defending judges said to have collected bribes in the biggest corruption scandal to have hit the country’s judiciary.

A two-year undercover investigation by Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed damning scenes of some judges trading justice for money, goats and other commodities.

In all, 34 judges, 12 of them with the high court and the remaining from the inferior courts, were captured on video taking bribes to change the course of justice.

Over 100 court clerks and other court officials, 15 personnel from the Police and the Prisons Services and the Attorney General’s Department were also captured on tape collecting bribes.

But some 20 judges were deemed to have been incorruptible.

The scandal has brought the judiciary on its knees, with the Chief Justice taking quick measures to salvage the battered image of the third estate of the realm.

Already, 22 of the lower court judges allegedly involved in the scandal have been suspended pending investigations, whilst impeachment processes have begun against the 12 high court judges.

But some of the affected judges are in court with multiple suits against the Chief Justice, Anas, Kweku Baako Jnr and even owners of the Accra International Conference Centre where the video is to be shown.

Justice Paul Dery, one of the judges, does not want the video to be shown to the public and has decided to stop the premiering of the video.

Kweku Baako Jnr says he respects the rights of the people who want to take all steps possible to clear their names, but said the “hypocrisy” of some of these lawyers defending the judges is unacceptable.

15 Others Implicated
Meanwhile, 15 other people from the police, prisons and Attorney-General’s Department have been implicated in the Anas investigations.

A statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Poku-Acheampong, indicated that these employees were captured in the damning video.

The video, initially, was thought to have captured judges and court clerks allegedly collecting bribes to hand favourable judgments to the payees, but after further scrutiny of the damming evidence of bribery, it was found that some of the ‘culprits’ were not employees of the Judicial Service as suspected by Anas’ Tiger Eye investigators.

The Judicial Council says the names and photographs of the persons involved were to be forwarded to the relevant institutions for appropriate action.


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