Ghana suspends judges over corruption

Suspension follows undercover documentary.

Ghana has suspended seven of its 12 high court judges following a documentary by an undercover journalist who claimed he filmed the judges accepting bribes.

The three-hour film by undercover reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which has been shown to packed cinemas in Accra, shows judges allegedly requesting bribes through intermediaries.

Screenings of Ghana in the eyes of God; Epic of Injustice have been blocked by the courts, however, following the intervention of one of the seven implicated judges who claims its screening would prejudice his case.

The seven judges face charges of misconduct, in what is the largest judicial corruption scandal the country has ever seen.

The footage captured by Anas has already led to the suspension of 22 circuit court judges and magistrates, in September, pending the outcome of investigations ordered by the chief justice.

Anas claims to have almost 500 hours of recorded video evidence, showing judges allegedly asking for bribes and demanding sexual favours.