What do you need my face for? The evidence is not hooded; Anas tells lawyers

4528727971741_3685626534382Ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has questioned the basis for some lawyers to demand that he removes his face mask.

The calls, in his view, are misplaced because the most important thing is his work – which seeks to help the nation – so whether or not he shows his face is immaterial.

Lawyers for some of the judges indicted in the judicial bribery scandal are demanding that the investigative journalist removes his hood before they will cross-examine him.

One of such lawyers, Egbert Faibille Jnr prayed a committee constituted by the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood to hear petitions against the judges – to order Anas to remove his mask. That, he said was the only way his client would be guaranteed his right to a fair hearing.

He had argued that in previous but similar cases when he had to cross-examine Anas in court, the judge cleared the court and asked Anas to appear unmasked for the cross-examination to go on.

He does not understand why the Chief Justice’s Committee will not allow Anas to appear without a mask.

But Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show with Kojo Yankson, Anas said “the evidence is not hooded, it’s there, all these accused persons have been given opportunities and many of them come to the court with four of five lawyers, this is no joke, it is strict prove.

“I am being subjected to all sorts of cross-examination and I am answering them. What do you need my face for, what is on my face that must aide you, If you’ve taken the money you’ve taken it, if you’ve not you’ve not”, he continued.

The investigative journalist says he is patiently waiting for the day when he will be told about the success he chalked up with his work on the judicial bribery.

He believes that some stumbling blocks are being put in his way to make it impossible for him to achieve anything with the work he has done but says he is not perturbed.

“My biggest day is when the results will come and for me it is like an examination and I am focused and I know about the machinations people are putting in place.  All these machinations are aimed at just making sure that I don’t concentrate on the committee sitting.”

He, however, added that “I will feel very disappointed and I know Ghanaians will be disappointed in me if at the end of the day there is a press conference to say I didn’t get anybody.

“I can’t live with that, at the end of the day I want people to see that I was not speaking in a vacuum,” he said.

source: myjoyonline.com

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