A member of the Communications Team of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) Solomon Owusu has described as unnecessary an investigation into allegations that the Chief Justice, His Lordship Kwasi Annin Yeboah demanded a $5 million bribe from a chief.
The Chief Justice has denied allegations that he asked for the said bribe from one Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta IV, a party to a case before the Supreme court, for a favorable judgment.
Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta IV, lodged a petition with the General Legal Council(GLC) to intervene and retrieve his money from lawyer Kwasi Afrifa who he has accused of misconduct.
In a letter addressed to the GLC which outlines his petition, the chief claims that the above named lawyer collected an amount of $100,000 from him to be used in his own words for some gymnastics or ways and means in his case pending at the Supreme Court.
He says the lawyer charged him an amount of GHC300,000 which he paid fully as his legal fees in a case that was pending at the Appeals Court in Cape Coast and later the Supreme Court.
It was later that lawyer Kwasi Afrifa came for the $100,000 to be used for his gymnastics or ways and means but after some time he the chief realized that the money was not used for its intended purpose so fired the lawyer from his case and then requested a refund of his $100,000 out of which he paid $25,000 leaving a balance of $75,000 which the lawyer has failed to pay after many attempts.
But responding to the petition to the General Legal Council, Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa claimed that his client in a private conversation told him that he had gone to see the Chief Justice with a $5million bribe out of which part payment of $500,000 had been made as the Chief Justice was keen to acquire a property in a prime location in Kumasi.
He also added that the Chief Justice also admonished his client to change his lawyer from Kwasi Afrifa to Akoto Ampaw in order to help his case.
The Chief Justice after vehemently denying the allegations against him requested the Criminal Investigation Department of the Police Service to conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) has kicked against the CID investigating the matter. The party said CHRAJ rather has the capacity and better placed to conduct such a serious inquiry than the police CID.
But commenting on the matter on ‘Ghana Kasa’ on Kasapa 102.5FM Wednesday, Solomon Owusu told Bonohene Baffour Awuah that the call for a probe into the matter by a section of the public including the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is pointless.
“I don’t see why people are calling for a probe, the person who made the allegation named the Chief as his witness. The Chief has denied making any such claims to the lawyer, he’s stated publicly that he’s not met the Chief Justice and has not given him any bribe. If there’s a probe into the matter the person who will be called as a witness has already stated that he’s not given the Chief Justice any bribe so why the need for a probe?
He added: “In any case, judgment has not been awarded to the chief for anybody to suggest that he won the case because of the alleged bribe. Let’s even assume that the Chief even told him that, I’m sure he must have said that in confidence. There’s always lawyer-client confidentiality, but this lawyer has put the said allegation on paper and made it public. His witness is the same chief who has denied giving the bribe so what is the point in investigating the allegation.”