Social commentator, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, has appealed to Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, to forgive his accusers.
The Chief Justice has been accused by a private legal practitioner, Kwasi Afrifa of demanding a $5 million bribe to deliver a favourable judgment in a case involving his client.
A Civil Soceity Organization, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to remove the Chief Justice from office citing the bribery allegaion.
The President, after receiving the petition, constitutionally referred the issue to the Council of State which held investigations in camera and on Friday presented their findings to the President.
The Council of State findings were not made public but President Akufo-Addo, after studying the report, threw out the petition saying it is “devoid of any basis warranting the setting up of a committee under Article 146 (6) to undertake the very serious business of removing a Chief Justice from office.”
” . . the Supreme Court in interpreting article 146 (6) had in mind unmeritorious and unwarranted petitions such as the instant one. The petition is dismissed accordingly,” he added.
Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah has denied the allegation and called on the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the matter.
It is also reported that Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa’s client (a Chief) has refuted the lawyer’s claims saying he (the client) never accused the Chief Justice of asking for money to deliver a judgement in his favor.
Touching on the issue on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, Allotey Jacobs pleaded with the “Chief Justice that to forgive is divine”, therefore should pardon the lawyer, his client and ASEPA.
He, however, lambasted them for slandering the Chief Justice.
“. . you come out to say something freely just like that and then you have a whole team of people supporting you; go ahead, then you have one of the CSOs . . .Look, intelligence need to find out who are sponsoring these people. Oh yes, it’s important! Because when some of these CSOs come out and you don’t see exactly what they are about but just purposely to attack government on any issue, then there is something behind,” he stated and stressed the accusers should “come out to apologize to the Chief Justice and to the people of Ghana”.
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