Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah has refuted allegations that he has demanded an amount of $5 million bribe to influence a case pending before the Supreme Court.
In a subsequent letter, the Chief Justice has petitioned the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the said allegation leveled against him by Akwasi Afrifa, a lawyer.
Part of the Petition Reads;
“His Lordship asserts that he has not demanded or received any money from any person to influence any decision in this matter or any other matter.”
The petitioned further reads “the Chief Justice, “does not know the plaintiff and has not met or seen him anywhere, except in the courtroom when he rises to announce his name when his case is called. His Lordship asserts that he has had no personal interaction either with the plaintiff or his lawyer on this matter or in any other matter.”
Akwasi Afrifa had alleged that the Chief Justice had demanded a US$5 million bribe to allegedly influence the outcome of a court case. The lawyer made this allegation in response to a petition filed against him by his client at the disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council (GLC).
A Kumasi-based Lawyer, Akwasi Afrifa, Esq, made the allegation in a letter circulating on social media. The letter is a response to an invitation by the General Legal Council for him to appear before it, in relation to a petition by his former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta IV, for failing to pay an amount of $75,000 he (Akwasi Afrifa, Esq) owes the latter.
Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo noted that records show, that the plaintiff, in the matter of OGYEEDOM OBRANU KWESI ATTA IV V GHANA TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY & LANDS COMMISSION, unsuccessfully petitioned for the recusal of His Lordship the Chief Justice and His Lordship Justice Victor Jones Mawulom Dotse from the matter, on a claim, that they were prejudiced against him.