‘Citizen Vigilante’ and former Attorney-General, Mr Martin Amidu, has alleged that it was the late President John Atta Mills’ administration which commissioned the judicial corruption investigation undertaken by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which exposed monumental bribery and corruption in the judiciary, involving over 180 workers, including 34 judges.
In an article published on GraphicOnline on Monday, Mr Amidu alleged that the investigation was prompted by the government’s suspicion, as far back as 2009, that the judiciary was corrupt, having lost a series of high-profile anti-corruption cases in court.
“I have said that the undercover investigation that led to the judicial corruption expose was commissioned by the Government of Ghana and has its genesis in the acrimonious relationship between the Government and the Judiciary on the assumption of power in 2009 by the Government and the constant demand by the Judiciary for proof of judicial corruption from Government and its associates.
“I was Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs in the second half of 2009, I was Minister for the Interior in 2010, and the Attorney General in 2011 before I left office in 2012. I therefore know what I am talking about, he said.
Mr Amidu said while he knew that the government had put such an investigation into motion, he did not know that the approach involved recruiting what he described as “covert anti-corruptionpreneurs” to secretly collaborate with government security agents in order to, according to him, facilitate plausible deniability.
In what appeared to challenge President John Mahama’s self-expressed disdain for corruption, the former A-G alleged that the Anas investigation was a two-pronged one involving both the judiciary and the legislature. However, according to him, the President has compromised and suppressed the results of the parliamentary investigation.
Mr Amidu said: I do not think that the late President Mills intended to suppress the results of the Parliamentary corruption investigation by compromising it and using only the results of the judicial corruption investigations to damnify the judiciary knowing quite well that whatever results to be obtained will only be the tip of the ice berg.
“Unfortunately, Prof. Mills died before his commission could be fulfilled and his successor, John Dramani Mahama, has chosen to use the results selectively and to suppress other results, particularly the parliamentary one whose video is ready, available to the Government and has with its permission been viewed secretly by the leadership of one branch of Government which is pleased to participate in the criminal conspiracy and unconstitutional conduct of suppressing it from the public to protect its image.”
“I refuse to condone such conduct and write in exercise of my right to freedom of speech and to defend the Constitution under Article 3 thereof.