President Akufo-Addo dismisses ASEPA’s ‘frivolous and vexatious’ petition to remove CJ

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has dismissed a petition by pressure group, the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) to remove Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah from office for alleged bribery.
The President, in concert with the Council of State, concludes that ASEPA failed to establish any prima facie case to warrant the initiation of impeachment proceedings against the Chief Justice, and dismisses same as unmeritorious.

The President’s decision is contained in a letter addressed to Mr. Mensah Thompson, the Executive Director of ASEPA, and says that while the “Petitioner fails to meet the threshold of proffering sufficiently strong evidence in support of his allegations”, he also “fails to provide any evidence at all, in support of the spurious allegations made against the Chief Justice.”

Following allegations by a Kumasi-based lawyer Kwasi Afrifa, that a former client of his had alleged a demand of $5 million by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah to influence a case in his (client’s) favour, ASEPA petitioned President Akufo-Addo on July 13, 2021, to initiate impeachment proceedings to remove the Chief Justice.

Afrifa’s allegation, among several others, was contained in a response dated July 8, 2021 to the General Legal Council to counter a petition by his aggrieved ex-client in which the latter demanded money he claimed to have given Afrifa to procure him a favourable verdict in a court case.

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