Six persons, including the assembly member for the Agbedrafor electoral area in the Keta District, have been arrested for illegally using electricity worth GH¢18,074.

The assembly member, Emmanuel Amuzu, is alleged to have illegally used electricity worth GH¢3,674.03 to power his irrigation pumps for the past three years.

The other five suspects, Janet Darvordze, E.C. Agboada, Etu Klagbo, David Kwame Ocloo and Bright Serene, were alleged to have illegally used electricity amounting to GH¢14,400 in their houses and to power water pumps to irrigate their farms.

Amuzu has since paid GH¢1,550.00 of the total of GH¢3,674.03 which is cost of the electricity he used illegally.

Monitoring exercise

The six were arrested during a house-to-house monitoring exercise by the Revenue Protection Unit of the ECG in the Volta Region. It forms part of a nationwide exercise.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Volta Regional branch of ECG, Mr Fred Baimbill-Johnson, the suspects were found to have illegally connected electricity to their homes to power water pumps to irrigate their farms.

After the arrest, the six were handed over to the Keta Police to continue with investigations into the matter. They have since been granted police enquiry bail.

Giving a breakdown of the indebtedness of the other suspects, Mr Baimbill-Johnson said Janet owed GH¢5,273.73; E.C. Agboada, GH¢1,023.92; Klagbo, GH¢2,944.19; Ocloo, GH¢2,989.91 and Serene, GH¢ 2,170.35.

Police support

The Volta Regional General Manager of ECG, Ing. Joseph Forson, commended the police for their unflinching support for the exercise and the cooperation of customers in volunteering information on illegal activities in their neighbourhoods.

Ing Forson said the ECG was liaising with the police to ensure that the arrested customers were prosecuted and punished for power theft.

South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been released under house arrest nearly one year after he was jailed for killing his girlfriend.

He is expected to spend the remainder of a five-year prison sentence at his uncle's home in Pretoria.

He shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in 2013 but said he thought she was an intruder.

Ms Steenkamp's relatives say they think Pistorius is "getting off lightly".

Pistorius, 28, was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, of his 29-year-old girlfriend at a trial in October last year.

A case lodged by the prosecution appealing against that decision is due to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 3 November. State prosecutors say Pistorius should have instead been convicted of murder.


Pistorius house arrest: The dos and don'ts

  • No access to firearms
  • No taking of drugs or alcohol, and can be randomly tested by officials
  • Continue with psychotherapy sessions
  • No going out at night
  • Can work; will not be electronically tagged
  • His lawyers say track and field training is part of work, but this is still unclear

The athlete was released on Monday evening, a day earlier than expected, according to a spokesman from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, where Pistorius was being held.

The double amputee athlete's family said they had not expected to be released a day earlier, and he would "strictly" adhere to his parole conditions.

Reeva Steenkamp pictured in June 2012Image copyright EPA
Image captionPistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, 29, through a locked bathroom door

The decision was taken in the "interest of all parties concerned, the victims, the offender and the Department of Correctional Services", Manelisi Wolela said in a statement.

Pistorius was driven under cover of darkness to his uncle's house 20 minutes away, a premature departure designed presumably to avoid the media glare, says the BBC's Karen Allen in Pretoria.

It is understood he will not be electronically tagged but he will have restrictions on his movement, she adds.

'Poor physical shape'

South Africa's justice minister blocked an earlier attempt to get the Olympic athlete's release in August in a surprise move.

Speaking earlier to the BBC, Reeva Steenkamp's cousin Kim Martin said the family might consider visiting Pistorius when the time is "right". But she also said she felt he was "getting off lightly".

Her parents have previously said that the time served by Pistorius was "not enough for taking a life".

Under South African law, the double amputee was eligible for release under "correctional supervision" having served a sixth of his sentence.

Meanwhile, a close family friend of the athlete said he was in poor physical shape, adding that his return to athletics would be unlikely.

Pistorius competed in the 400 metres at the London 2012 Olympics, wearing carbon-fibre blades to run against able-bodied athletes.

If the prosecution is successful with its appeal next month, Pistorius could face a lengthy sentence back in prison.

There was a stand-off between the indigenes of Nkran, a suburb of Manso Nkwanta in the Amansie West District in the Ashanti Region, and security personnel when a soldier mistakenly shot and killed a young man, who was part of a group demonstrating against alleged unfair treatment by Asanko Gold Mines.

A middle-aged unemployed man, Yaw Badu, one of the leaders of the group, was shot on the forehead and he died instantly.

The youth were on their way to stop the mining company from officially handing over 88 two and three-bedroom houses to the indigenes, whose houses fell under the 500 metre designated site close to the operation site.

Per the mining law, any facility that could be affected during the blast to extract the ore was to be relocated.

Subsequently, the company, after what the youth said was a lengthy deliberation, agreed with the elders of the community to construct partial relocated sites to accommodate the affected people.

But the youth were unhappy about the money which was supposed to be paid by the company as a token to the affected residents apart from the houses allocated to them.

Spokesperson

One of them, who gave his name only as Rabi, told the Daily Graphic that the Gh¢300 flat rate for each affected household was very insulting and wanted it to be reviewed.

The death of Badu and injury sustained by a woman, who was rushed to a nearby health facility, sparked a spontaneous clash between the entire town and the security personnel.

The District Police Command had to call for reinforcement to curtail what could have been a bloody face-off.

Commander

The District Police Commander, Supt Cosmos Damoah, confirmed the death to the Daily Graphic but said his men were not responsible.

He said they had only gone there upon the request of the mining company to maintain law and order.

Counter-accusations

The soldiers also said they did not shoot but rather had barricaded the place to prevent the youth from causing mayhem.

The Executive Chairman of the mining company, Dr Ben Adoo, said it was operating within the confines of the law and would pursue its rights once it was within the law.

While expressing regret at the death of the young man, he told the Daily Graphic “the law is the law.”

The chaos notwithstanding, the ceremony came off successful, but was overshadowed by the death of the man.

As per the agreement, the affected persons are to relocated to their new site within 14 days.

The 45 acre land, with modern facilities and a recreational centre, is seen as one of the best within the mining industry in recent times.

A justice of the High Court, Justice Paul Uuter Dery is bent on blocking the video showing him allegedly taking bribe to compromise a case before him from airing.

Aside from suing the producers of the video, Tiger Eye P I, the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General, his latest move is to stop the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) from using its venue to screen the said video on September 22 and 23, 2015, Graphic Online has gathered.

Graphic Online has also gathered that a lawyer for Justice Dery, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, on Wednesday morning issued a writ of summons directed at the Director of Estates and General Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Chief Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Manager of the AICC and the Attorney-General.

The video has been scheduled for screening at the AICC on September 22 and 23, 2015, but Mr Dery wants the screening to be halted until his case with the private investigation entity, owned by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was settled.

According to the applicant, he would suffer prejudice and irreparable damage if the respondents are not restrained and his suit succeeds in the long run.

Reliefs sought

In this latest application against officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General, Justice Dery is seeking “a declaration that the intended public screening of the contents of the audio visual recordings to the public by Tiger Eye P I at the AICC is prejudicial to the plaintiff’s right to a fair hearing.

An order restraining the defendants and their agents from making the AICC available for the intended public screening of the said video from September 22 to September 23, 2015.

A perpetual injunction restraining the defendants and their agents from publishing the contents of the illegality and unlawfully procured audio visual recordings at any of its facilities.

A perpetual injunction restraining the defendants and their agents from carrying out or making the AICC or any of its facilities available for public screening of the said illegally and unlawfully procured audio visual recordings.

Cost including legal fees and any other order (s) that the honourable court may deem fit to make.”

Application for injunction

Meanwhile, an application for interim injunction filed by Justice Dery on September 15, 2015, is asking the Fast Track High Court to restrain Tiger Eye P I from airing the video.

He wants an injunction placed on the screening of the said video, which includes him allegedly taking bribe.

Other respondents in the substantive suit are the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General.

The applicant and 33 other judges, was alleged to have taken bribes to influence cases pending before them.

Anas, in a two-year investigation, uncovered the said rot and as a result, the Judicial Council has instituted investigations, which might lead to impeachment of Justice Dery and 11 superior court justices.

More than 100 members of staff of the Judicial Service have also been linked to the scandal.

Portions of the video have been leaked and displeased with the development, Mr Dery on September 14, 2015, filed a suit on the grounds that Tiger Eye P I obtained the said video unlawfully.

Application for injunction

The application for injunction is asking among other requests that Tiger Eye Tiger P I and its agents must be stopped from “carrying out a public screening of the alleged evidence contained in audio visual recordings at the Accra International Conference Centre on September 22 and 23, 2015 at 8pm, part of the subject matter of this suit, until the final determination of the suit.

The Respondent, its assigns, servants, agents, and workmen should also be restrained from leaking and further publication of various portions of the said audio visual recordings to the public through various media outlets including social media platforms until the final determination of the case.”

Grounds

Setting out a number of grounds for filing the motion, the applicant stated among other issues that “the confidentiality attached to the impeachment proceedings should also extend to documents and other relevant materials employed or to be employed in the proceedings.

That it would be just, fair and convenient for this honourable court to restrain the respondent, its assigns, privies and agents from carrying out its intended public screening of the alleged evidence contained in audio visual recordings at the Accra International Conference Centre of September 22 and 23, 2015 at 8pm, part of the subject matter of this suit, until the final determination of the suit.”

According to the applicant, it would be just, fair and convenient for the court to restrain Tiger Eye P I “from leaking and further publication of various portions of the said audio visual recordings to the public, through various media outlets, including social media platforms until the final determination of the case.

Justice Dery contends he had established there was a serious question to be tried or a right to be protected.

Irreparable loss

Justice Dery said he stood to suffer irreparable damage in the likely event that he was successful in the substantive case and on the balance of convenience, he stood to suffer more harm than the Tiger Eye P I if the application for injunction was not granted.

He said the application was the only remedy available to him in law to prevent the continuous violations of his rights.

His lawyer intends to rely on 36 legal authorities to make a case for him.

Rapper Sarkodie in his 2012 Pizza and Burger collaboration with Jayso warned the judiciary to desist from taking bribes.

Three years on, the lyrics of the song have become a central theme to an ongoing corruption scandal against over 100 persons including Judges who work in Ghana’s judicial sector.

“Police fio, Judges fo) aa mo regye amanfo) dough, monhw3 no yie na Anas re ba oo”, the lyrics read. It looks like Sarkodie’s words have come to pass.

Undercover In 'Ghana In The Eyes of God' : AJET NASSAM

..The complex web of deep-seated corruption in the Judiciary, many more to fall

Anas Aremeyaw Anas Reports, Financial Court, Accra

He is dressed and addressed as an upright Lord,
In court, he courts reverence like God
His wig, as worn from age to age,
Depicts him as a seasoned sage,
Among court mores which have long thrived,
Once the feared good Lord has arrived,
All must rise till he is seated.
Woe, if his wrath is heated!
Wielding the power of life and death,
The judge represents God on earth.
In fact, although this may sound odd,
Men fear the judge far more than God.
Reverence is not the same for both.
The proof is how most treat the oath.
Vows in the name of the most High
Are no hitches when people lie.
So though they know God is greater,
They'd lie now and beg Him later.
This dreaded judge's sheer presence
Devalues even God's essence
Yet he cedes this matchless sanctity
For transient worldly vanity!

Republic v Frank Kpemli, Richard Afari, Bernard Sallah, Mohammed Sanusi
Money involved: GHc 16,000
Connection man: King Gabriel (court clerk)
Facts Of The Case

Bernard Sallah, together with three others was facing trial at the High Court for offences of stealing and conspiracy to steal among others. They were alleged to have stolen Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) bank (Ghana Commercial Bank) cheque booklets, forged the signature of the General Manager, Finance and the Deputy Managing Director who are the signatories to those cheques, and managed to cash close to GHc 1,000,000.

What our recce revealed
We decided to use this case as our point of contact though we knew not who was involved. How were we to push our agenda through? How were we to get to the judges to fathom what they do when offered money to twist the neck of justice?

At the court premises, our recce unearthed one powerful person among the clerks, King Gabriel. Although he was on leave, everybody pointed him out as the one who mattered if we really wanted to do serious business with the judges.

Even when our recce indicated his mission was urgent, he was told that if he really needed results, then it was worth waiting for King Gabriel himself. Often referred to as the doyen of the court, he was universally regarded as the most reliable intermediary between the judges and those who needed their special favors.

King Gabriel was reputed to be a shrewd and experienced negotiator who had an encyclopedic knowledge of the inner workings of the courts.

A long - serving court clerk attached to the Financial Court (2) in Accra, over the period of our investigations, we realized that he was a very strong confidant, not just of Ajet Nassam but of some other big judges too.

King Gabriel literally goes bribe hunting for judges, liaising between litigants and judges to decide how much bribes would be taken in respect of particular cases.

We took his contact details and called him, following which an initial meeting was arranged at the premises of the courts. At this meeting, a 'kola' (a commitment fee) of GH¢ 200 was paid to King Gabriel for starters.

Tiger's interest was to find out whether we could buy freedom for an accused person, one Bernard Sallah, with whom we had had no prior relationship or contact whatsoever, and whether his poor cohorts in crime, who had no such powerful interveners like us, would be dumped in jail.

Face to face with King Gabriel: A doyen of the Court (Hidden camera footage)

Tiger: Boss, it doesn’t matter; let’s forget about that issue; let’s forget about that guy. What I want is just for you to talk to my Lord even if we have to see him. He should try and listen to us too and see how best my Lord can help us.

King Gabriel: Okay.

Tiger: And I hope maybe you can do something …

King Gabriel: If it had not been that you want to (kind of) do things your own way, and not want him (Bernard Sallah - the suspect) to know, I would’ve asked you to ask him when he comes to court, how he sees the relationship between the judge and me. He would tell you how I relate with the judge. The judge is my father.

Tiger: No problem, so then as a father and son, if you talk to him, I know he would listen, so I’m begging you.

King Gabriel: As things stand now, I don’t know what the judge would say, but he’s my father so I would try and see whether I can talk to him and see whether he would understand me or not. I can’t promise you now. So when I go and things go right and there’s the need to push in something, how much do you think that you can push?

Tiger: No, I don’t want to mention anything, I can’t mention.

King Gabriel: The issue is that (ehhh) right now, you see, these people (judges) are big men and if you want to go to them and ask anything right now, if I go to him and ask him, he’ll ask me and I don’t know but he may ask me "what do you think he can do?"

Tiger: He’s your father so how much?

King Gabriel: I wouldn’t know.

Tiger: You just say it.

King Gabriel: No

Tiger: But you can’t go and give him GHc 500 or 50 cedis, you’re his son; you know what the father likes and what the father doesn’t like, so that me too I would start preparing from tomorrow going.

King Gabriel: You said your name is Kwame ehhh?

Tiger: Kwame yeah.

King Gabriel: Okay, you let me find out, let me see whether I can win him to our side. Let me see whether I can win his heart when I get there, because I’m not the one who’s going to write the judgment; so if I’m able to talk to him and things go right, then fine; but if he doesn’t agree, there’s nothing I can do.

King Gabriel's cash bid (Hidden camera footage)

Two weeks later, King Gabriel's ostensible hard work at his grounds work paid off. After several interactions via phone, he notified Tiger that the judge, the highly respected Ajet Nassam J was demanding GH¢ 15,000 and he advised us to be prompt if we really wanted him to free Bernard Sallah. (listen to attached audio)

After several rounds of brisk negotiations, King Gabriel and Tiger settled on GH¢ 13,000 cedis for the judge. And for his consultancy and deal - brokering efforts, King Gabriel charged GH¢ 2,000.

It is worth noting that, Bernard Sallah (the accused) was yet to mount the witness box. He had failed to appear in court on a particular scheduled date and the prosecution had obtained a bench warrant from the court for his arrest. These were made known during another meeting with King Gabriel and were also captured in the records of proceedings.

King Gabriel's Bid Report, Hard Facts (Hidden camera footage)

King Gabriel: So that is it, as for the old boy (referring to Ajet Nassam J), he was even expecting me long ago. The only thing is; because you are my brother, I know you cannot create problems for us.

Tiger: Yeah

King Gabriel: So I know there would not be any problem. At times some people can come and just try to put you into trouble, before you know. You can see that I’m not even rushing.

Tiger: Mmm yeah, I’ve realized that

King Gabriel: It’s not about money but how to help the person. Now the issue is a very serious one and even if there’s a punishment, then he can reduce it (mitigation of sentence), that is all we are looking for.

Tiger: That is it

King Gabriel: So I told him, he said the issue in hand is a very tangible one so he mentioned GH¢ 20,000.00. I had to plead with him before he came down to GHc15,000.00. The Gh¢ 13,000 that I am talking about I have not discussed that with him but once the money is ready...

Tiger: We just don't want to take chances on this particular issue, we want to be double sure that everything will reach the top man; but you assured me you are going to take the money to the big man and I trust you on that ...

King Gabriel went on about how nice he was towards the accused and continually reechoed how good a rapport he had with the accused persons whenever they appeared in court. He revealed also how he had in times past managed to get excuse duty for the accused when he failed to appear in court during hearings.

Dog bites dog: King Gabriel outsmarts Ajet (Hidden camera footage)

Now, it was time to go and meet the big man in his office but before that, we had to seek the counsel of King Gabriel on how to split the GH¢ 14000 that we had been able to raise. This was where King Gabriel showed his true colours.

King Gabriel: So I wanted to be sure everything is intact, then when we go to him, we close it down.

Tiger: Okay!

King Gabriel: He has been giving me pressure ever since I told him you were ready with the money, so he called me; let me show it to you, (King Gabriel brings out his phone to show Tiger what he’s telling him). If I don’t show you this thing, you’ll think that what I’m saying is a mere joke. So how much do you have now?

Tiger: It is GH¢ 14,000.00

King Gabriel: So how much are you going to give him now?

Tiger: So what is your suggestion?

King Gabriel: Okay, the point is that, you know what I want you to do?

Tiger: No!

King Gabriel: I’ll make sure the job is done, but what I want us to do now is, we’ll take the GH¢ 6,000.00 and I’ll give you GH¢ 500.00. You are a man so that you can also enjoy the fruit of whatever you’re doing.

Tiger: Okay

King Gabriel: I’ll give him GH¢ 8,000.00 and then, that makes it GH¢ 14,000.00, so I’ll take the rest but I’ll tell him that it is GH¢ 10,000.00 you brought, but your brother is the one trying to help this guy, so when we were negotiating I mentioned GH¢ 10,000.00 and you said you can’t get GH¢ 10,000,00 but you’ll have to put in pressure so that the one doing the work can also get something.

King Gabriel: Everything is now in my hands, I’m going to push everything, even the docket and everything are with me. You know he’s on transfer from the other block to this side; I’m going to do everything and bring it here. There are little, little connections I have to do..; you understand, I must make sure the case comes before him, you understand; some people must get something small, small.

Tiger: Okay

King Gabriel: So remove the GH¢ 8,000.00, we’ll give him the GH¢ 8,000.00. If you like, you take the GH¢ 10,000.00 out and give me GH¢ 2,000.00 Check figures on tape.

Tiger: Okay

King Gabriel: And then we’ll give him the GH¢ 8,000.00. I will make sure everything works well; don’t worry what I’m telling you is the fact.

Tiger: Which means that I’ll not go with you to see him?

King Gabriel: Oh we’ll go, I’ll let you be in the court room, and I’ll go inside and tell him and then if he asks of you, I’ll bring you in. No problem, I can send you in, you really want to see him, isn’t it?

Tiger: Yeah

King Gabriel: Okay, I’ll tell him so that when we go, you can talk.

Tiger: Okay!

King Gabriel: But I’ll go inside and tell him that I came with you; have you understood me? I’ll make sure you see him, if you don’t see him, call the thing off, you understand what I’m talking about?

Tiger: Yes!

King Gabriel: I’m going with you to the court room; I’ll leave you in the court because he may want to ask me one or two things so I’ll leave you in the court room and go inside (Tiger cuts in)

Tiger: Me what I was thinking is; if you can go and tell him whatever that you’re saying now that GH¢ 8,000.00 is coming to him and then maybe you’ll return to take me and then we go.

Gabriel then went in to talk with Ajet Nassam and after that beckoned Tiger to come into his (Ajet) office. Note that Gabriel had already taken GHc 6,000.00 from Ajet’s money and had also given Tiger GHc 500.00 as promised earlier.

Inside Ajet's 'Forex Bureau' Office (Hidden camera footage)

After agreeing on the modalities of payment to Ajet Nassam, it was time to go into his chambers (office in the Accra High Court) and present the money to him in person, as had been arranged by King Gabriel.

The ‘Lord’ was seated majestically in his office when we walked in. King Gabriel introduced Tiger to him as Bernard Sallah's relative, following which we had a brief exchange of greetings. King Gabriel gave a brief about the case in question after which Ajet expressed worry about the manner in which people record private conversations and make them public.

Both men were clearly being cautious about meeting people but perhaps the money was too good to refuse. Finally, the big man pointedly demanded how much we had brought to him.

Ajet: Which one of them is Bernard Sallah?

King Gabriel: Bernard Sallah, it seems he’s the fourth accused person, he is the one that before we went on vacation …

Ajet: The one complaining of being sick?

King Gabriel: The wife came to complain that he’s feeling sick, there’s a bench warrant on him.

Ajet: As I was saying, some people would be talking talking..!

Tiger: Mmm, oh my lord, my brother here has already cautioned me a lot on that (talking) and I assured him that as for me …

Ajet: Somebody will be talking to you and then they would be recording you any moment.

Tiger: Oh, no, no!

King Gabriel: My Lord, that is one caution I gave him.

Tiger: He really cautioned me and I told him as for us, we are genuinely here to beg for our brother, so we can’t do that.

King Gabriel: My Lord, actually I have assessed him and I really believe that he’s a brother.

Tiger: Mmm!

Ajet: Okay, but what needs to be done is, we all need to meet when the time comes. And the thing is that you go home and talk to him. When the time comes, we would sit down and then we see what we can do. Okay?

Tiger: Okay, my Lord

King Gabriel: I cautioned him a lot. In fact he has been calling me so many occasions and then during this vacation…

Ajet: What he can do is that from the 1st -7th, by the 7th of October.

King Gabriel: My Lord we resume on the 6th. 7th is a Tuesday.

Ajet: Yes, bring him on the 7th.

Tiger: Okay!

Ajet: Bring him here

Tiger: Okay!

Ajet: And then I would make the entry for him.

King Gabriel: Ahha before the real date.

Ajet: Yes! So maybe by 10 o’clock you bring him here.

Tiger: Okay, my lord!

King Gabriel: So you pass my place and I’ll bring the record book, the same record book.

Ajet: We can even use our record here.

Tiger: Okay my lord!

Ajet: But since he said ten (GH¢ 10.000.00) it should be ten!

Tiger: Yes, my Lord, we would really do that. Even if I go I would talk to my uncle and maybe he would call the wife to get me the rest of the GH¢ 2000.00.

Ajet: Yooo

Tiger: Okay, thank you very much, my Lord, for the kind gesture!

Ajet: Let him excuse us, King Gabriel, I want to give you something!

King Gabriel: Okay! You be at the entrance!

Tiger: Alright, thank you!

Madina Zongo Junction Drama with my Lord Ajet Nassam (Hidden camera footage)

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After the first meeting during which Tiger paid GHc 8000 directly to Ajet, the respected judge kept calling and calling to demand the balance of GH¢ 2000. At last, Tiger arranged another meeting with King Gabriel to go and settle the balance.

Generous as he was, and perhaps, badly in need of the balance, Ajet decided to meet us half way to collect the money. While we headed towards his residence, he asked King Gabriel and Tiger to meet him at Zongo Junction.

To test how lower he could stoop, we decided to give him GHc 1,000. Read the drama that unfolded.

Ajet: Ahha what is it?

Tiger: In fact, my uncle spoke to my auntie and then she raised something for you my Lord.

Ajet: (realizing it was half the expected sum) Ahh why are you bringing it in bit by bit?

Tiger: It’s from the lady, you know ladies’ issues.

King Gabriel: The uncle is not having some.

Ajet: Okay! Well I believe that there would not be any…

Tiger: Mmm

Ajet: This big bag and you are carrying… (in jest to Tiger's bag) hahaha….!

Tiger: Because I just have to..!

King Gabriel: Should I take it and accompany you with it?

To our shock, the honorable judge stepped out of his car with avid recklessness just to grab the money himself. This greed and lack of discretion embarrassed even Gabriel who asked him to restrain himself and let him rather go for it.

Ajet: Yes, why not!

(King Gabriel receive bribe money from tiger for Ajet)

King Gabriel: Is that all?

Tiger: Yeah, the GH¢ 1000!

King Gabriel: This one is GH¢ 1000?

Tiger: Mmm (Yes)

King Gabriel: Ahh! I’m coming.

Tiger: Okay! Thank you my lord.

After delivering the money to Ajet in his car

King Gabriel: Let’s go!

Tiger: Okay!

King Gabriel: This man paa hahahah, the money doesn’t reach them ooh!

Tiger: Yeah, yeah, it’s like that.

King Gabriel: I was not even expecting him in this car ooh!

Tiger: Mmm!

King Gabriel: Because this one is the official car (Tiger cuts in)

Tiger: I see!

King Gabriel: And then normally; now that we are even on vacation he doesn’t use it much like he has been using his own car.

Tiger: So this place where does it lead to?

Another Meeting In Ajet’s House

With a big brown goat and an amount of GHc 1,000.00 being the balance of Ajet’s money for a job well done, we met Ajet in his house at….. He was very happy to take his GHc 1000.00 balance and congratulated Tiger for being kind and generous “It was when I was in Bimbilla and Yendi that people used to be generous but in Accra I haven’t seen anybody like you” Ajet said.

Ajet Nasam in another scandal

Presently, we received news that Mr. Nassam had just been reassigned to the Cocoa Affairs Court. Did he change his spots here? Unfortunately, no.

Rather, he decided to mark this new beginning with a tint of his previous lifestyle. He accepted a sum of Ghc4000.00 that was handed over to him by The Tiger Eye Team through his clerk to set some armed robbers free.

Current status of the case

Bernard Sallah is currently a free man. Ajet acquitted and discharged him while he convicted his accomplices in the GHc 1,000,000.00 theft case.

Bernard Sallah has his freedom now, but might never know (perhaps but for this publication) the story behind his acquittal; the hands that worked in open and in secret to secure his 'unjust' release.

On The Woyome Scandal

With the benefit of knowing his moral vulnerability, The Team decided to probe his handling of the Woyome case that generated so much controversy in the country, sparking heated debate even among members of the bar and the bench.

The focus was on the related issue of a Toyota Tundra that was supposed to have been cleared from the port under controversial circumstances. “Who paid for what and when?” - Has been a riddle wrapped in a mysterious y, inside an enigma.

In furtherance of this probe, The Tiger Eye Team sent to Ajet a questionnaire and a covering letter regarding the said vehicle. But waited as we patiently did, we received no reply. A second letter by way of reminder was went unaswered, though we know and have evidence to suggest that he had received it.

Justice Ajet Nassam has been on the bench for many years, he is highly respected not only in Ghana but also internationally. He is known around the world for his legal dexterity in handling money laundering cases.

God bless our homeland Ghana.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called for circumspection and tact in dealing with the revelations that some members of the Judiciary have been implicated in a bribery scandal.

He said he was saddened by the matter and, therefore, appealed for circumspection, especially on the part of the media and members of the public.

“I feel genuinely sad about it. I guess it shows some are just as vulnerable as most others. Times are really hard and there is no doubt some would have done it out of greed, like some of our politicians, businessmen and so-called men of God. And others to profit from politics by releasing armed robbers and other criminals back onto our streets,” he pointed out in a statement.

Investigate allegations

According to the former President, it was important that the relevant institutions and authorities take the necessary steps to investigate fully those revelations and deal appropriately with the culprits.

“The media and members of the public should exercise a lot of circumspection and restraint, so that we do not end up bringing the reputation of many members of the Judiciary who have their integrity intact into disrepute,” former President Rawlings cautioned.

Ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, could be hauled for cross-examination if the Judicial Council grants the wish of lawyers for beleaguered judges involved in a bribery scandal.

The lawyers who are yet to watch the damning video of their clients allegedly taking bribes before administering justice said they want Anas present while they watch the film.

Joy News’ Elton Brobbey who has been monitoring development of the scandal at the corridors of the judicial system said some of the 12 high court judges involved in the act have submitted their written results.

The Judicial Council yesterday gave the beleaguered judges 24 hours to submit their written responses on the bribery allegation.

The Council is expected to meet again, study the responses and decide whether to suspend them or take any other action against them.

Already, the 22 circuit court judges and magistrates who were also captured in the video taking bribes have been suspended.

Meanwhile, some of the judges accused of taking bribes in the judicial bribery scandal, have denied the accusations.

The judges of both the superior and lower courts implicated in the video recording met with the Chief Justice and Anas today to discuss the allegations against them.

Joe Osei-Wusu, Ranking Member for the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and MP for Bekwai, told JOy News the judges should be taken through due process and law must be applied when found culpable.

He disagreed with persons who argued that the video should not be aired. If it will not compromise or prejudice the defence that anybody has then it should be aired, he posited.

He advised Ghanaians to strengthen their confidence in the judiciary because the 34 judges involved are just a minute of the number of credible judges the nation has.

The Brong Ahafo Region correspondent of Peace FM has been shot dead, TV3 has gathered.  He was shot at close range by unidentified men on his way from Sankore, where he is said to have followed up on grievances reported by some cocoa farmers over stolen fertilizers.  The reporter, whose name has been given as King George, is said to be returning to Goaso at 3:00pm when he met his untimely death.  A colleague of the deceased who spoke on anonymity said the sad incident happened at Kwapong.  King George also worked for Success FM in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Judicial Service has interdicted 22 judges implicated in a bribery scandal that has rocked the Judiciary.

More than 100 members of staff of the Judicial Service, including judges and magistrates, are being investigated, according to the service.

The Daily Graphic has gathered that resignation letters tendered in by some of the implicated justices of the High Court have been turned down.

Five of the justices are currently on admission at hospitals, with one suffering from a mild stroke. It has also emerged that some of them have sought the services of therapists to prevent them from committing suicide.

The judges were captured on video taking money from litigants in what promises to be the biggest scandal ever to hit Ghana’s Judiciary.

Video

A three-hour video detailing the forms the corruption took shows how 34 of the culprits, said to be judges at the High, the Circuit and the District courts, took bribes, including goats.

Some of them have also been linked to sex scandals and extortion in the edited video, emanating from a two-year investigation by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The High Court justices who have been named include Justices John Ajet-Nasam, Charles Quist, Justice Ernest Obimpeh, Kofi Essel Mensah (Human Rights Court), Paul Uuter Dery and Mustapha Habib Logoh.

Specific famous cases they have handled are: Justice Ajet-Nasam — the criminal aspect of the famous Woyome case; Justice Quist —  the Asamoah Boateng and the Tagor cases, and Justice Logoh — the recent Johnson Kombian and the famous Issa Mobila cases.

Snippets of information gathered by the Daily Graphic point to the fact that Justice Ajet-Nasam is among the culprits who tendered in their resignation letters upon learning about the findings but his letter has been rejected.

Meanwhile, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has granted immunity from prosecution and any civil action to Anas for his work.

The grant of immunity to Anas is per Section 19 of the Whistle-Blowers’ Act (Act 720), the Daily Graphic has also gathered.

From left: Mr Justice Essel Mensah and Mr Justice Ernest Obimpeh

It is sad

A highly placed source at the Attorney-General’s Department expressed concern over the turn of events. However, it was happy about the fact that the unfolding events would rid the Judiciary of corrupt staff.

It said the government spent so much of the taxpayers’ money on judges to prevent exactly the situation that had arisen.

The source commended the state attorneys who were mentioned in the video as being incorruptible.

At the time of going to press, a lady judge’s name had popped up among those to be impeached. She is Mrs Ivy Heward-Mills, a High Court judge.

Disciplinary committee

Earlier in a statement signed and issued by the Judicial Secretary, Mr Justice Alex B. Poku-Acheampong, after an emergency meeting of the Judicial Council yesterday, the council said a disciplinary committee of the council, chaired by a Justice of the Supreme Court, had been constituted to investigate the petition against the 22 judges and magistrates.

It said on September 7, 2015, the 22 circuit court judges and magistrates were served with letters stating the allegations against them and were asked to submit their responses by September 9, 2015.

“The Judicial Council further decided that upon receipt of their responses, the 22 individuals should be suspended until the final determination of the matter.

“On receipt of their responses, the 22 judges and magistrates have, accordingly, been suspended with effect from Thursday, September 10, 2015,” it said.

The statement added that the committee would commence the hearing of the petition in respect of the 22 judges and magistrates from September 10, this year.

Other collaborators

It added that the Judicial Council had also instituted the necessary investigative process to identify, for further disciplinary actions, other court officials who might have collaborated in “these alleged acts of grave misconduct”.

The council assured the public that the outcome of those processes would be made fully public and that no one would be spared appropriate sanction where culpability was established.

“The council fully reckons that the perception or actuality of corruption in the Judiciary undermines confidence in the institution and cannot be tolerated to continue in any shape or form, hence the need to act with utmost dispatch,” it added.

It said while the prevalence of corruption had always been brought to the attention of the Judicial Council in the past, “these revelations have deepened the fears and concerns of the council and emboldened its resolve and determination to fight and uproot the canker”.

“These past efforts have resulted in the dismissal of some judges and magistrates in recent years,” it said.

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