The former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye says some judges caught on tape taking bribes to influence judgments must face criminal charges, prosecuted and thrown into jail.
His comments come after renowned undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposed some 34 judges and 180 court clerks demanding monies, goats and sex to free a criminal or influence several cases pending before their courts.
The three and half-hour long investigative video was premiered at the Accra International Conference Centre on Tuesday which was watched by thousands of Ghanaians.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Morning Starr host Nii Arday Clegg Wednesday on Starr 103.5FM, Prof. Ocquaye said the indicted judges must be dealt with swiftly.
“The alternative to the breakdown of the judicial system is lawlessness, may God forgive that we don’t sink into lawlessness…a crime is a crime, an offence is an offence”.
Prof. Ocquaye added that the evidence provided by Anas is an opportunity to purge the system to restore the dignity in the judicial system and enable Ghanaians regain their confidence.
“If the appropriate actions are taken people would have faith…truth can’t hide for too long, the society would know the truth. So this must be a purging exercise, the most important thing here is the truth.
“This can rather be a cleansing exercise that would make people restore faith and I think that is one of the best things that could happen to the judiciary,” Prof. Ocquaye added.