President Akufo-Addo suspends high court judges for allegedly taking bribes

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has sacked three high court judges for allegedly taking bribes.

The three were suspended three years ago after a report by an investigating committee found them to have been involved in graft. It is however unclear why President Akufo-Addo chose to act now.

The sacked judges were among more than 100 judges and court staff implicated in a corruption scandal that shocked the West African nation in 2015.

Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, known for his undercover work, caught them on tape taking cash bribes – some demanding sex and others incentives, including goats.

President Akufo-Addo referred the three judges’ case to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The judges – who had already filed a suit at the ECOWAS court to challenge their suspension – expressed disappointment at the president’s decision.