The three High Court judges recently removed from office by the President, have vowed to pursue the case to its logical conclusion.
The three Justices, Ayisi Addo, Uuter Paul Dery and Mustapha Habib Logoh, intend to vindicate their rights at the ECOWAS court.
A statement signed by their spokesperson, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo said it is a great disappointment that the President will go ahead to dismiss them when they have a case at the ECOWAS court scheduled for hearing on the 23rd of next month.
He told GBC’s Radio Ghana, that their removal therefore opens a new chapter in the ongoing case, which they intend to pursue before the ECOWAS and the African Human Rights Courts if need be.
Judicial corruption scandal
More than 100 members of staff of the Judicial Service were implicated in the judicial corruption scandal that rocked the country in 2015.
Seven High Court judges were suspended and five – Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, Justice Ivy Heward Mills, Justice John Ajet-Nasam, Justice Ernest Obimpeh and Justice Francis K. Opoku – were later sacked in June 2016 based on the advice of the Judicial Council.
Four High Court judges during the investigations were put on administrative leave.
The affected judges – Justice Uuter Paul Dery, Mustapha Logoh, Charles Quist and Gilbert Ayisi Addo – were put on a half salary, denied their allowances and barred from sitting on the bench.
Several of these judges including Gilbert Ayisi Addo were filmed collecting 2,000 cedi bribe have challenged their suspension in court but the court has since thrown out the cases.
Then Vice-President Amissah-Arthur went a step further to suspend Gilbert Ayisi Addo in October 2015 based on the advice of the Judicial Council.
More than two years later, President Nana Akufo-Addo also suspended Gilbert Ayisi Addo as well as the three other High Court judges on administrative leave.