The attempt by two dismissed circuit court judges to drag other judges into the judicial scandal looks nothing sordid than a smear campaign. We expect them to throw down the gauntlet. It is pure libel.
The representations are not clear and downright libel.
Hiding behind the media to publish the contents of their self serving petition feeds into the thrill of the illicit and shame. Whether it is lazy journalism or malice, the publication failed to identify the purported petitioner and his lawyer as two of the dismissed judges found culpable in the Anas scandal. Again due to sheer lazy journalism and ignorance, which is no excuse under the law, the Finder proceeds to publish petition in blatant disregard of the less than a week old Supreme court decision in similar matter. The society should not support any claim which is completely unfounded in law and fact.
The word and spirit of Article 146 of the 1992 constitution are tangibly clear. There must be a stated prima facie case. The burden of proof lies on the person who lays the charges.
A challenge has been thrown into the ring of a legal duel. Every character is deemed innocent until competently proven guilty with all the evidence of blame and defence adduced by a law body.
This publication by the petitioners through the Finder does not represent an act of shameful bravado. No reasonable person reading through the lines should bow low to slanderous pieces.
Due process and the needful must be allowed to prevail. We should not allow a few bitter individuals to manipulate the media nor our sense of good judgment.
Source: Kweku Danso, Accra
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