Akufo-Addo dismisses “unfounded, unjustified” petition to remove CJ
President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo has dismissed a petition against the Chief Justice, Judge Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, for his impeachment.
The petition tabled by the Executive Director of Civil Society Organization, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) relied on Article 146 (6) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana for the removal of the Chief Justice.
The petition followed allegations made by private law practitioner Kwasi Afrifa, who alleged that the Chief Justice asked his (Afrifa’s) former client a $ 5 million bribe in order to obtain a positive verdict.
Accordingly, by letter dated July 20, 2021, the President consulted the Council of State under Rule 146 (6) to determine whether the petition disclosed a prima facie case against the Chief Justice.
Such a decision should precede the appointment of a Rule 146 (6) committee to hear the matter.
The State Council sent the President on Friday, March 20.
In determining whether or not a prima facie case for the appointment of a committee of inquiry has been brought against the Chief Justice, the President said on the generality of the facts available with regard to the applicable legislation, the petition falls short of the statutory threshold.
As a result, he dismissed the petition, describing it as “unfounded” and “unfounded”.
Below is President AKufo-Addo’s full response to the petition:
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