Perhaps he wasn’t explicit enough but it was clear that as at 2011, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team had already began work to expose the deeply-rooted acts of corruption in Ghana’s judiciary.
Described as the country’s biggest single exposé of corruption in the country’s history, Anas Aremeyaw Anas premiered the 3-hour video documentary that showed how several judges and other court officials received huge sums of monies from litigants in order to compromise justice.
While the documentary comes as a major shock to Ghanaians, it appears Anas Aremeyaw Anas and the Tiger Eye PI team had been holding the hardcore informative evidence up their sleeves for more than 4 years.
A video footage of the unrelenting Ghanaian investigative journalist in an interview on Joy News’ PM Express show, dating back to 2011 sighted by 233livenews showed that work had already commenced on corrupt judges at the time.
After sharing his experience about how he uncovered judicial corruption in Kenya, Anas Aremeyaw Anas was emphatically asked by the then host, Robert Nii Ardey Clegg about Ghana’s judiciary. His response suggested the team had already started work with some judges already identified as corrupt.
Host: What about our own judiciary? It has been in the news for quite a bit
Anas: Eerm, you see. The Ghanaian judiciary. Give me. You just. I don’t want to be tempted to say things here but we are, we will see. Its gone, its doing. Its working…..You just hold on. We will be here.
Four years after the comments on the Multimedia platform, the investigative journalist at a forum organized by the Media Foundation For West Africa in August, stated that the exposé was “going to shake the foundation of Ghana’s democracy.”
Details of the documentary were subsequently revealed with 34 judges and more than 180 court officials indicted. They sold justice for between 800 cedis and 15,000 cedis as some were also caught in sex scandals.
The public viewing of the 3-hour documentary had been challenged by several legal brains in the country who argued it would have a negative effect on the country’s international image.
One of the indicted judges, Justice Paul Uuter Dery had also sought to secure an injunction against the public viewing but withdrew the suit after unsuccessful attempts to serve the parties involved with the suit allegedly because they were “no where to be found”.
More than 8,000 Ghanaians thronged to the Accra International Conference Centre where the documentary premiered on two consecutive days.
By: Jonas Nyabor/233livenews