General News Thu, 24 May 2012

Judiciary system may be under influence - FGJ reflect on Jake case

The Forum for Governance and Justice (FGJ) says the ruling by the Supreme Court on the conflict of interest case brought against NPP Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey confirms the judiciary is open to influence.

The Supreme Court by a majority decision dismissed the case in which two deputy Ministers of State challenged the right of Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey to acquire a state bungalow he lived in as Minister of Tourism and Chief of Staff.

The group however says the ruling has grievous effects on the ultimate protection of state property and good governance.

Convener of the group, Dr. Clement Apaak, says the forum will study the docket and possibly seek redress “We think that this ruling certianly seeps into the perseption that our judiciary system could be influenced by people of grand reputation,” he told Citi News The plaintiffs - Okudzeto Ablakwa and Omane-Boamah have also indicated that they wil push for a review of the case.**

Source: citifmonline