Ghana suspends 7 high court judges over bribery allegations

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ACCRA: Ghana has suspended seven high court judges, on top of the 22 junior judges and magistrates already sanctioned over graft allegations after an undercover journalist claimed he had filmed them taking bribes. Last month, 22 circuit judges and magistrates were suspended, and 12 high court judges were placed under investigation, after they were accused of being bought off. The president asked the country’s chief justice to establish a prima facie case against the judges after a local newspaper exposed the alleged corruption. The newspaper claimed that court officials and judges were accepting money from clients for everything from giving appointments to ruling in their favor. On September 22, hundreds of Ghanaians flocked to watch a public screening in Accra of the incriminating footage shot by the journalist. Some of the judges implicated tried in vain to block the broadcast, which lasted several hours.

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