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06.12.2007 General News

Asantehene questions judiciary’s independence

By myjoyonline
Asantehene questions judiciary’s independence
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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is questioning the independence of the country's judicial system.

He says the financial dependence of the judiciary on the executive arm of government makes it impossible to operate without interference.

The Asantehene was speaking at the sixth Chief Justice's Forum in Kumasi.

According to Luv FM's Yaw Ansu Gyeabour, the forum, the second to be held outside Accra, was to solicit public views to enhance smooth justice administration in the country and sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme.

The King was unhappy about poor infrastructure in the judicial service, especially in the rural areas which according to him, affects the administration of justice in the country.

Otumfuo therefore asked Parliament to revisit the constitution in its interpretation of judicial independence and explore other avenues of financing for the judicial service to ensure its total independence.