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26.04.2007 General News

Late Chief Justice Acquah’s burial Friday

By myjoyonline
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Feverish preparations are underway for the burial and final funeral rites for the late Chief Justice, George Kingsley Acquah, who is to be laid to rest on Friday.

Justice Acquah died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra about a month ago.

He had been to India and the US for cancer treatment but was flown back to Ghana a day before his death.

Spokesperson for the family of the late Chief Justice, Ato Ampiah, said the body will be moved to the courts premises at 3pm on Thursday and thence to the Ridge Church for a short service.

The body will be laid in state at the late Chief Justice's residence thereafter.

Justice Acquah was called to the Bar in 1972 and practiced privately until his appointment as a High Court Judge in 1989.

He became an Appeal Court Judge in 1994 and Supreme Court Judge in 1995.

Justice George Acquah was appointed Chief Justice in June 2003, quickly finding favour in the judiciary for his fight against corruption, which saw the dismissal of a few judges.

He toured the nation sacking judicial staff found to have embezzled funds or for misconduct.

There were a few though who did not believe in his crusade and described it as a deception and a victimization of those who did not agree with him.

Justice Acquah is survived by a wife and six children.