Credible report reaching the editorial desk of Asempanews.com suggests that discredited former president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi could be disbarred from practicing law by the General Legal Council, regulators of the legal profession and education in Ghana.
Grapevine source within the top echelon of the GLC whispered to Asempanews.com that the Council is taking steps to ensure that Mr Nyantakyi is removed from the list of Ghanaian lawyers who are of good standing.
Our checks revealed that the Council in suo motu may take steps to revoke his license considering the magnitude of allegations being leveled against Mr Nyantakyi.
“With or without a formal complaint, the Council could activate disciplinary proceedings as it falls within the remit of the Council. And there’s no ambiguity about that,” our highly placed source said.
Disbarment is the removal of a lawyer from a bar association or the practice of law, thus revoking his or her law license or admission to practice law.
Disbarment is usually a punishment for unethical or criminal conduct.
If stripped off, Mr Nyantakyi at best would be restricted to the writing of briefs for licensed attorneys, teach law or completely retire from the legal profession.
Before a law-school graduate can sit for the bar exam, he or she must give her country’s bar association permission to perform a thorough background check.
If the bar association finds a criminal history involving crimes of “moral turpitude,” such as crimes involving dishonesty, fraud and deceit, the applicant likely won’t be permitted to take the bar exam, a lawyer who wants to remain anonymous explained.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas recently partnered by the British media giant, BBC, worked on a documentary which was centered on football and politics.
The documentary titled, “Number 12” which was screened on June 6, implicated Kwesi Nyantakyi, executive members and some referees of corruption.
In the video, the former GFA boss, who is currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, is seen allegedly collecting bribe and also using the names of President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to solicit bribes in the Anas documentary.
Kwesi Nyantakyi has since resigned.
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