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Chief Justice dismisses Judge for improper relationship with woman in divorce case

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The Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, has dismissed Judge Alfred Kwabena Asiedu from the Judicial Service due to his inappropriate conduct in a divorce case he presided over at the Jasikan Circuit Court.

The dismissal follows a petition lodged by Singari Diana Sadia on January 16, accusing Judge Asiedu of abuse of power, sexual exploitation, malicious prosecution, and impropriety.

The Chief Justice, upon receiving the petition, forwarded it to the disciplinary committee of the Judiciary Service for investigation.

The committee, after thorough scrutiny, recommended the dismissal of Judge Asiedu, citing evidence of an improper relationship with the petitioner, who had a divorce case pending before him. 

The committee also found merit in the allegations of abuse of power and malicious prosecution, accusing the judge of causing the arrest and prosecution of the petitioner without justification.

Following the Disciplinary Procedures of the Service, Judge Asiedu was invited to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Council. 

The committee’s report, submitted to the Judicial Council, was adopted at its 279th meeting on October 25, 2023. The council concluded that Judge Asiedu’s actions constituted Stated Misbehaviour, leading to his removal from office.

The Chief Justice, in a letter to Judge Asiedu, directed him to hand over all official properties, including his official vehicle, dockets, and record books, to the Judicial Secretary immediately. 

The dismissal is effective immediately, and the Director of Human Resources has been requested to ensure the prompt removal of Judge Asiedu’s name from the Judicial Service payroll.

 

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