Mensah Thompson: On the Muntaka bribery allegation case, the Supreme Court should not attempt to investigate itself

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Folks we have a sighted a letter from the Supreme Court claiming it is reaching out to the NDC Caucus Chief Whip in Parliament to assist them to investigate some allegations he made concerning a Supreme Court Judge’s attempt to induce a Member of Parliament of the NDC to vote for Prof.Mike Ocquaye during the election of Speaker.

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Folks the gravity of this allegations and a number of happenings in the Judiciary currently requires nothing but an independent enquiry… unfortunately the Supreme Court cannot be allowed to investigate its own member especially in a matter that borders on the integrity of the Court itself.

What we expect is for the Judicial Council to constitute a committee with representation from Parliament, the Judicial Council and Civil Society to probe these allegations.

The Judicial Council and the Supreme Court alone investigating the matter could result in a cover-up and we do not want that to happen.

We also want that committee ably constituted to also investigate the circumstances that led to the deliberate appearance of a Cape-Coast High Court Judge sitting on the Assin North MP’s case to appear in Court way late than he was expected and why immediately after his judgement all Court services were closed, both bailiff and registrar left the Court premises even though official Court hours was not over making it impossible for any Party who had problems with the Courts decision to file for a “stay of execution”, a right enshrined to them under our laws.

We expect the report of these two investigations to be published immediately (not later than 30 days) to restore the trust the Citizens are continuously losing in the Judiciary.

Mensah Thompson
Executive Director,ASEPA

The Chief Justice, Accra

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