- Council disciplined 22 officials last month in graft probe
- Vice president ordered suspension of justices on Oct. 2
Ghana suspended seven justices on the High Court as part of a corruption investigation that already led to disciplinary action against 22 judges and magistrates last month.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur suspended the judges “with immediate effect on grounds of stated misbehavior,” the Accra-based Judicial Council said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. There are 105 judges assigned to the High Court, according to the Judicial Council’s website. The council is made up of 18 people, including Chief Justice Georgina Wood of the Supreme Court, that oversees the judiciary.
The probe against members of the judiciary began in September after a petition was filed to the council that claimed 22 judges and magistrates in the circuit court system and 12 justices from the High Court were involved in corruption and graft. The committee suspended the 22 officials from the circuit courts. It did not name who was suspended last month. The council then said it would continue to investigate the case against the High Court judges.
“It shows the robustness of our system that we have been able to deal” with the allegations, President John Dramani Mahama said in an interview with France24. “Our system is working. We followed the constitutional procedure. Any other criminal proceedings that should be exercised will be done. ”
The council has decided to not move forward at this time in the case against five of the 12 High Court judges that were being investigated.