Lawyer who accused CJ of $5 million bribery charged with 9 counts of misconduct by GLC
The General Legal Council (GLC) has charged lawyer Kwasi Afrifa, the lawyer who made the five million dollars bribery allegation against Chief Justice Anin with 9 counts of Misconduct.
The charges by the GLC said: “You are hereby notified that following preliminary inquiry held by the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council, a prima facie case of misconduct has been established against you. You are hereby being charged for the following misconduct.
“That you, having been informed of an alleged unethical conduct in the office of the Chief Justice by your former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwasi Atta VI, the Complainant herein, failed to protect the sanctity and integrity of the legal profession by failing to disclose the allegation of bribery against the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana to the Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Council or any other statutory body for an inquiry.
“That you, in a preliminary inquiry before the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council voluntarily admitted that you failed to issue any receipts to your former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwasi Atta VI for the payment of legal fees thereby committing a professional misconduct.
“That you, in a conversation with your former client, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwasi Atta VI about an alleged judicial manipulation by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, omitted to defend the reputation of the legal profession, and rather facilitated the commission of the alleged bribery offence by refunding to the Complainant legal fees you were legally and duly entitled to thereby failing to uphold the dignity and high standing of the legal profession.”
The lawyer had accused the Chief Justice of demanding a 5 million dollars bribe from his client to influence the final judgment of a case at the Supreme Court.
The allegation by Akwasi Afrifa was in response to a petition filed at the General Legal Council (GLC) by the chief cum businessman, Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI.
The Chief Justice has since denied the allegations and reported the lawyer to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.