One of the dismissed high court judges implicated in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas judicial bribery and corruption scandal has passed on.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the judge died of high blood pressure yesterday at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Justice Francis K. Opoku was among the latest group of judges to be axed by President Mahama based on the recommendation by the investigative committee set up by the Chief Justice, Georgina Wood.
Justice Opoku and Justice Kofi Essel Mensah were sacked in April this year following recommendations by the committee formed to investigate allegations of “stated misbehaviour” leveled against them.
A statement signed by Justice Alex B. Poku Acheampong, the Judicial Secretary, stated, “His Excellency the President, John Dramani Mahama, in a letter dated April 12, 2016 accepted the recommendation for their removal from office by the Committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the petition from Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Tiger Eye PI for their removal on grounds of stated misbehaviour.”
It said that in the case of Justice Opoku, a second petition for his removal from office was submitted to the president by the Judicial Council on October 29, 2015 on grounds of stated misbehaviour and incompetence following complaints about his failure to sit regularly as a justice of the high court at Bolgatanga.
According to the statement, the committee found out that Justice Opoku had engaged in ex-parte discussions with agents of Anas in respect of the case, “Webajuwa Bazilyen vrs. Kaponga Kunipwah”, contrary to Rule 3 (7) of the Code of Conduct for judges and magistrates of Ghana.
Some 22 lower court and 12 high court judges were captured on video in a two-year investigative piece by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, allegedly taking bribes to influence justice.
So far, 20 of the lower court judges have been removed from office.