Ghanaians demand prompt action against corrupt judges
10 December 2015, 15:01
Accra - An activist group, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has reportedly called on authorities to act promptly against the 20 judges and magistrates who were dismissed for corruption this week.
According to DW.com the activists wanted the judges to be prosecuted for their crimes.
GII is the local arm of Transparency International.
“We need to set some critical examples, so the masses know that Ghana is ready to tackle the bull... Corruption has dire consequences. We must tackle it and tackle it wholly,” activist Mary Adah was quoted as saying.
BBC reported early this week that the 20 judges and magistrates were dismissed by Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood.
This was after Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas collected more than 500 hours tapes implicating corrupt activities within the judicial system.
Meanwhile Vibe Ghana reported on Thursday that former Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Emile Short condemned the decision by the Chief Justice to give some of the judges implication in the corruption scandal End of Service Benefits (ESB)
Reports indicated that four of the sacked judges received their ESB because they showed “abundant remorse”
The judicial council on Wednesday defended its move, saying: “Those removed with benefits were remorseful when they appeared before the committee and apologised profusely to the people of Ghana and the judiciary for bringing the name of the institution into disrepute by their conduct.”
But justice Short said giving the sacked judges money only allowed for corruption to continue.
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