Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, the counsel for suspended Justice Uuter Paul Dery, Justice Mustapha Logoh and Justice Gilbert Ayisi Addo, all Justices of the High Court, has urged Ghanaians to ignore a statement from president Akufo-Addo announcing the suspension of the four judges.
In an interview with Kaakyire Kwesi Appea-Apraku on Dwaboase on Power 97.9FM in Accra, the private legal practitioner questioned why his clients, already suspended, can be suspended again.
A statement signed by Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, announced the suspension of the aforementioned High Court judges together with Justice Charles Quist was “on the advice of the Judicial Council, given in accordance with Article 146 (10) (b) of the 1992 Constitution.”
The statement said: “The suspension follows the establishment of a prima facie case against them by the Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate alleged acts of bribery and corruption against certain persons, including the four Justices, as contained in the 29th August 2015 petition of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.”
But Lawyer Addo, struggling to understand the motive behind the statement, said the issuers are “ignorant” because his clients were suspended during the erstwhile Mahama government and cannot, under any circumstance, be suspended again.
“The statement is bogus and Ghanaians should not take it serious…I have even heard the judicial secretary has come out to say the statement is erroneous,” he added, contending that Justices Dery, Logoh and Ayisi Addo are already on suspension.
“They are suspended already. They are on half salary,and are not receiving their allowances since 2015 so how can the government suspend them again?” he said.
He further said the matter is at the ECOWAS court and from their evidence, his clients will be reinstated because the investigations conducted by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw was forged.
“My clients did not go round to take money from anybody, but our facts are intact so after the court decides, my clients will grant interview and we’ll see what transpired,” he added.
Story by: Ghana/mypowerfmonline.com/97.9FM