President Nana Akufo-Addo has dismissed the petition brought before him by the Alliance for Social Enquity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) demanding the removal of Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah from office because of bribery allegations levelled against the letter.
In a letter to ASEPA and sighted by City News, the president said there was no basis for the petition for removal of the Chief Justice because of $5 million dollar bribe he was alleged to have received.
"The petition is dismissed accordingly," the president added in the letter.
President Akufo-Addo said the petition was based on "third hand and fourth hand hearsay".
The petition is devoid of any basis warranting the setting up of communitteeunder Article 146 (6) to undertake the very serious business of removing a Chief Justice from office .
ASEPA also petitioned the Commission on Human Rights And Administrative Justice dCHRAJ).
But the commission declined to probe the matter because ASEPA had also petitioned the presidency.
ASEPA in turns has suggested it could due CHRAJ.
Responding to the President on Eyewitness News, the Executive Director of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson said "today is a very sad day in the history of the judiciary. "
"Once again, President Akufo Addo has demonstrated that he has no respect for the laws if his country ".
He said he wasn't clear on if the response was based on assessment by the President of the Council of State after the President suggested he had some findings on the matter.
Mr. Thompson described the response as a report and and said "we don't know whether it is the report if the members of the Council of State or the report of president's findings. We don't know so that is the question that we are asking.
"If it is the president's own findings, the president is in total breach of law because, under Article 146, the president has no power to conduct any form of investigation," he said.
About the allegations.
"The allegations were contained in response of a lawyer, Akwasi Afrifa, against a petition filled against him by client at the disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council (GLC).
The client, Ogyeedom Ibranu Kwesi Atta VI, dragged Mr. Afrifa, against a petition filled against him by client at the disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council (GLC).
The client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI, dragged Mr. Afrifa to the FOX alleging that the lawyer collected $100,000 from him with a promise to help get a favourable judgement on his behalf.
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