justice Gertrude Torkonoo
justice Gertrude Torkonoo
justice Gertrude Torkonoo

According to Justice Dery, Court of Appeal judge empanelled by Chief Justice Georgina Wood to hear all cases involving the judicial bribery scandal exhibited disrespect to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Dery is bringing this up after Justice Torkonoo delivered a ruling in respect of an application for contempt he brought before her.

Justice Dery is fighting attempts to remove him from the bench for allegedly receiving bribes.

This came about when Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI brought out into the media, what they claimed were video evidence in which some 34 judges were found to have taken bribes to pervert justice.

Anas petitioned President John Mahama and the Chief Justice to take steps to remove the accused judges including Justice Dery.

Justice Dery therefore issued a writ at the High Court on September 14, 2015, contending amongst others that the audio-visual recordings were done in violation of his right to privacy.

Tiger Eye screened the video at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Justice Dery brought again brought an application for contempt against Anas, Sulemana Braimah of the Media Foundation for West Africa, two editors of the New Crusading Guide newspaper amongst others.

The Court of Appeal Judge sitting as an additional High Court judge, dismissed the application for contempt on September 28 even though the case was originally scheduled to be heard on October 12, 2015.

Justice Dery is arguing before the court that “despite the pendency of these two applications before this Court, Justice Torkonoo, in outright disrespect of this Court caused a hearing notice to be served on me to appear before her on 3rd December, 2015, for the hearing of the same contempt application which she had already dealt with on the 28th and 29th September, 2015 and dismissed.”

Dery said it was pointed out to her that she lacked jurisdiction to deal with a matter which she had already disposed of.

According to the application, justice Torkonoo advised herself and didn’t reopen the case on that December 3.

According to Justice Dery  “the Respondent caused the said hearing notice to be served on me to appear before her on 15th December, 2015, in spite of the Respondent’s knowledge of an application in this Court seeking to prohibit her from sitting on the said case among others and a motion I filed asking her to recuse herself.”

Dery also said that when his lawyers appeared in court, Justice Torkonoo surprisingly purported to exercise jurisdiction over the contempt application though that was not the business of the day but gave a ruling vacating the earlier order she made dismissing the said application.

Justice Dery therefore sees the decision to vacate the earlier ruling in spite of the cases at the Supreme Court as “calculated to interfere with, prejudice and also to undermine the outcome of the two applications pending before this Honourable Court.”



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