Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa, the lawyer at the center of the infamous $5 million bribe allegation against the Chief Justice has dragged the matter to court after he failed to get what he wanted at the General Legal Council.
Lawyer Afrifa still insists that the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah did demand a bribe to the tune of $5 million from his former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI.
In what may yet be a milestone case, Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa is seeking reliefs from the court to compel the Chief Justice to mount the docks and answer questions in the saga.
This is apparently due to suspicions that the General Legal Council (GLC) headed by the CJ himself cannot fairly investigate the allegation following Afrifa’s summoning to the disciplinary body of the GLC.
In a writ that has hit the media an indefatigable Afrifa says Kwasi Anin Yeboah is unfit to be the Chief Justice of Ghana and is seeking “A declaration that the pattern of illegal improper unconstitutional and flagrant disregard for propriety exhibited by the 1st Defendant makes him unfit for the high and exalted office of Chief Justice of Ghana.”
He also laments that the Chief Justice, who is now a bribery suspect, is not playing to the rules of law by relying on the advantages of his mighty office to fight his case in court.
His reliefs sought from the court include, “A declaration that it is wrongful, illegal impermissible and abusive of the Office of Chief Justice for the 1st Defendant to use the Judicial Secretary of the Judicial Service established under Article 125 of the Constitution, 1992, as an independent arm of government to file a complaint to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Ghana Police Service at the National Police Headquarters, Accra against the Plaintiff in a matter personal to the 1st Defendant.”
He also wants “A declaration that the conduct of the 1st Defendant (CJ) in using panel members of the 2nd Defendant (GLC) to prosecute a personal matter against the Plaintiff constitutes usurpation of independence, interference in the administration of justice and prejudicial to justice delivery contrary to his oath of office, the law and best practices befitting the high office of Chief Justice.”
In other words Lawyer Afrifa is saying it is against natural justice for the CJ to in a sense, be judge, and jury in his own case.
It will be recalled that the allegation of a $5 million bribe against the Chief Justice first came to light when lawyer Kwasi Afrifa was answering to charges levelled against him at the disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council by his former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI.