Ghana Suspends 12 High Court Judges Over Bribery Scandal

Accra, October 6, 2015-Ghana has suspended seven of 12 High Court judges implicated in allegations of bribery stemming from a documentary made by an investigative journalist.

The seven had a case of “misbehaviour” to answer, an official statement said.

Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas says he has nearly 500 hours of video evidence on tape, showing judges allegedly asking for bribes and demanding sex.

Twenty-two lower court judges have also been suspended. Some of the judges have denied the allegations.

Anas’ documentary has shocked the nation, and has been shown to packed houses at cinemas in the capital, Accra.

The seven are the most senior judges to be suspended so far in what is the biggest corruption scandal to hit Ghana’s judiciary.

Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood had established a “prima facie case of stated misbehaviour against them”, the statement by Ghana’s Judicial Council said.

An inquiry would now be held to determine whether or not they are guilty, it added.

They could be sacked if they are found guilty.