President Akufo-Addo has dismissed a petition to remove the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah from office following a $5 million bribe allegation against him.
The Chief Justice was embroiled in a $5 million bribe allegation made by one Kumasi-based lawyer, Kwasi Afrifa.
According to Kwasi Afrifa, his former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI, informed him that he had been asked to pay a bribe of $5 million to the Chief Justice to obtain a favorable judgement in a matter he was pursuing at the apex court.
Following the broadcast of the allegation, pressure group ASEPA petitioned the President to dismiss the CJ since they considered the allegation serious enough to warrant a dismissal.
However, in a letter dated August 20, 2021, to ASEPA, the President says ASEPA’s petition is based on third or fourth party hearsay in connection to an original allegation that a lawyer in the case, Akwasi Afrifa made against the Chief Justice.
“The petition is dismissed accordingly,” the letter which had been signed by Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo, said.
The dismissal by the Presidency follows an earlier refusal by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) refusal to probe the issue after ASEPA had petitioned the Commission on 12th July.
CHRAJ had pointed out that even though ASEPA had written to it to investigate the allegation against the CJ by Lawyer Akwasi Afrifa, the pressure group had the very next day petitioned the President to dismiss the Chief Justice.