Justices Dery, Logoh have rights; they are asserting them – Lawyer

Lawyer for two high court judges cited for alleged bribery says his clients are in court to stop a process to remove them from the bench because they believe in the rule of law.

Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, says despite the public outcry, Justice Paul Dery and Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh have rights that must be respected.

“My clients are Ghanaians. They are exercising their rights as Ghanaians”, he said on Joy FM and Multi TV’s news analysis programme Newsfile, Saturday.

Justice Dery is in the Supreme Court over the screening of a video showing him and other judges allegedly taking bribes.

He is asking the Highest Court of the land to declare a petition filed by Anas Aremeyaw Anas for his removal null and void.

He has also widely filed cases at the High Court since a bribery scandal that hit the country’s judiciary broke.

He has sued the Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Accra International Conference Centre where the video was screened and Global Media.

Justices Dery and Logoh have also brought separate writs at the High Court contending the secret recordings by Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team were done in violation of their right to privacy.

They challenged the legality of impeachment proceedings instituted against them and asked the court to declare that the Chief Justice cannot rely on Anas’ illegally and unlawfully collected audio-visual recordings in determining whether or not they are guilty of the offence of bribery.

Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo Tuesday withdrew an application for interlocutory injunction against Anas and his private investigation company, Tiger Eye from airing the video.

These many suits have prompted public ridicule, with some suggesting that Justice Dery is desperately clutching at straws.

Some have even joked about the possibility of Justice Dery suing his own lawyer soon.

These notwithstanding, Mr Nii Samoa Addo believes the law will soon justify his clients’ actions.

“We trust the system and we know that the system would vindicate their rights,” he said.

Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo said the Justice System, which his clients are currently relying on is the base of Ghana’s rule of law.

“If we don’t believe in the Justice System, who do we have?” he quizzed.

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