The lawyer for High Court judge, Justice Paul Dery says he is filing another suit against journalist Anas Aremyaw Anas after the Apex court dismissed his earlier case.

Nii Kpakpo Addo also confirmed that they have filed an international suit with the Court of Justice of ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria.  

The troubled judge had prayed the court to declare that the petition that Tiger Eye PI filed with President John Mahama for his removal was inconsistent with and in contravention of Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

The suit was filed following the dismissal of an earlier suit by the Supreme Court.

The Apex court in its ruling said despite the fact that the petition to the President was written on the Letter Head of Tiger Eye PI, there was no doubt per the content, the petitioner was Anas Aremeyaw Anas and not the company. 

"We took a different position that it was essential because of the confusion as to who the identity of the petitioner was for us to bring it to the court to seek answers. The court has answered today in very unequivocal terms that the petitioner is no other person than Anas Aremeyaw Anas. 

He said henceforth when they are proceeding, they will be dealing with the journalist and not the company adding since they now know the petitioner.

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Justice Paul Dery is one of many judges captured in video footage released by Anas Aremeyaw Anas allegedly receiving bribes from persons who had cases before them.

Justice Paul Uuter Dery even before the release of the footage, filed a suit to prevent Anas from showing the footage.

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He didn’t stop there, he filed another suit at the Supreme Court challenging the capacity of Anas’ investigative company Tiger eye PI, to petition the President for his removal.

This suit was filed together with Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh and Justice Gilbert Ayisi Addo have dragged Anas as the first defendant; the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, as the second defendant; and the Attorney General of Ghana. 

In this suit, they argued that the Chief Justice in exercise of her functions in article 146 (3) and (4) lacked jurisdiction to charge any superior court justice with any criminal offenses act or any penal statute for that matter. 

They also cited the Chief Justice for lacking jurisdiction to inquire into a position that alleges that a commission of criminal offenses under the criminal offenses act has been done by the judges. 

Finally, they want the court to order and redeem as appropriate the ruling of the Chief Justice on the purported exercise of her functions under article 146 as inconsistent and in contravention with articles 19 (1) and other provisions of the 1992 Constitution. 

Also, they have also dragged the Chief Justice and Judiciary Council to the regional Court of Justice of ECOWAS where they said "government of the Republic of Ghana has violated and continues to violate the Applicants’ rights to fair trial and administrative justice, enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; 2(3)(b); 5(2); and 14(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and Article 7(1)(a) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights."

Also they are praying for a declaration that the government of the Republic of Ghana has violated and continues to violate the Applicants’ rights to equality before the law and freedom from discrimination enshrined in Articles 2 and 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Article 2; 14(1); and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and Articles 2 and 3 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. 

 

 

 

 

 

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