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Monday, 14 September 2015
Anas exposes Ghana corruption scandal in judiciary
Anas, the acclaimed Ghanaian investigative journalist has exposed a corruption scandal that threatens to undermine one of Africa's cinderellas. Ghana, ranked in the top 5 least corrupt countries in Africa by the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2012, is now the subject of headline news of the BBC which reported a few days ago that:
"A group of Ghanaian judges allegedly caught on camera asking for bribes has filed a legal challenge to their suspension.
Of the 22 suspended lower court judges, 14 have filed a writ to the high court, saying the judicial council's investigations have no basis in law.
Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas conducted a two-year undercover investigation into the judges.
It is the biggest scandal in the history of Ghana's judiciary." Full article here.
AllAfrica took up the story and leads with the following:
"It may go down in history as the single most massive bribery scandal to hit Ghana's Judiciary, as 180 officials of the Judicial Service have been caught on camera taking bribes and extorting money from litigants."
Afro Leo commends Anas for his work which, unfortunately, will not provide much comfort for investors in Africa, especially those that put their IP at risk through distribution, licensing, JV and other collaborations. A typical example of a distributor gone rogue in South Africa was discussed today in #SandtonDiscussion.