Ghana’s Judicial Council has suspended seven out of the 12 High Court judges, Monday, in the wake of allegations of bribery stemming from a documentary made by an investigative journalist.
The decision is part of a response to a three-hour film first screened in the capital last month that has caused an uproar in the country because it showed judges accepting bribe money through intermediaries.
“Their suspension follows the establishment of a prima facie case of stated mishavious against them by the Hon. Lady Chief Justice pursuant to the article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution and the setting up of a committee under article 146 (4) to investigate the petition,” said a statement from the Judicial Council of Ghana, announcing a decision by its Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, based on advice from the Judicial Council.
The council previously suspended 22 junior judges who appeared in the video and investigated the conduct of high court judges to see if there is a case for their impeachment.
Some of the judges have denied wrongdoing and have filed a challenge in court, saying their suspension had no legal basis because documents relating to the video that were submitted by the journalist were not made available to them.
The affected judges include: His Lordship Justice Francis K. Opoku, His Lordship Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, His Lordship Justice Joihn Ajet Nasam, His Lordship Justice Ernest Obimpeh, His Lordship Justice Kwame Ohene Essel, Her Ladyship Justice Ivy Heward-Mills (Mrs), and His Lordship Jusice Gilbert Ayisi Addo.