Who Is Anas? Judges Dazed

The five-member committee tasked to investigate the alleged bribery scandal involving some judges, resumed sitting yesterday on a dramatic note.

Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was expected before the judicial investigative committee but three hooded men, dressed the same way like Anas, arrived at the premises of the court, leaving onlookers with no clue about which one of them was the real Anas.

He indeed succeeded in confusing committee members as well as curious journalists who were prying at the corridors of the Judicial Service.

Anas was to be cross-examined by lawyers of the 14 circuit court judges and magistrates who had earlier sued the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, over the composition of the committee.

With the in-camera hearing, the lawyers wanted Anas to remove the hood to enable them have a face-to-face interaction, but they did not succeed.

The Chief Justice had instituted the committee to investigate a report that 34 judges had been caught red-handed in the web of bribe-taking to pervert the course of justice.

The lawyers of the indicted judges were challenging the legality of the committee and wanted a declaration that the disciplinary proceedings by the Judicial Council against them were contrary to law or due process.

According to the writ filed at the high court by Charles Bentum of Bentum, Amoah & Co., the 14 judges were also asking the high court to declare that the panel constituted by the Chief Justice had no legal basis and therefore null and void.

But the court, presided over by Justice Gertrude Torkonoo, on Tuesday threw out the application, paving the way for the committee to resume sitting yesterday.

At yesterday’s sitting which lasted over five hours, DAILY GUIDE’s source says the lawyers for the judges were not so enthused about the style of the ‘three Anases.’

According to the source, one of the lawyers remarked, ‘You can see us but we can’t see you…how can we tell whom we are talking to?’

The damning revelation which was contained in the latest exposé by Anas entitled, ‘Ghana in the Eyes of God – Epic of Injustice,’ was premiered last week with hundreds flooding the Accra International Conference Centre to watch the video many claim had shaken the judiciary to its very foundation.

Most of the judges had handled high-profile cases with questionable outcomes.

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