The Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy (IEEP)
To promote Governance with Respect Ethics Accountability and Transparency (GREAT)
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LAWYERS SPEAK OUT ON CORRUPTION IN THE JUDICIARY.
Parliamentary Select Committee on the Judiciary has conducted a public
hearing about the perceived corruption in the Ghanaian judiciary. According
to Mr Ackaah Gyasi, a Takoradi-based legal practitioner, "it is
undeniable fact that there is massive corruption going on in our judicial
system. We, the lawyers, the judges and the judicial staff, are all
contributors to this canker in our judicial system." Hon Osei Prempeh,
the chairman of the committee has assured the participants that they are
immune from prosecution about every revelation and statement they would make.
(BBC Monitoring Service- the Ghanaian Chronicle,
A FOURTH MINISTER RESIGNS OVER CORRUPTION ACCUSATIONS Following in the wake of the resignations
of the Finance Minister, Anastas Angjeli, the Economy and Privatisation
minister, Mustafa Muci, and the Public Works and Tourism Minister Bashkim
Fino, a fourth minister in the Socialist Prime Minister Ilir Meta’s
government, the Food and Agriculture Minister, Agron Duka, has also resigned.
Head of the Socialist party, Mr. Fatos Nano, a one-time close associate of the
Prime Minister, has been waging a war on corruption in the Government for the
last three weeks with accusations of corruption, influence peddling in
privatisation projects and abuse of power against most ministers, which
preceded the spate of resignations, leading to a split in the ruling party.
Nano has called for a special meeting to resolve the crisis within the party
while the Prime Minister has stated his intentions of continuing with his
duties, including adopting measures to curb corruption and organised
crime. (The Times of India,
Trial of Three Pyramid Schemes to start in September (Albaniannews, 17.8.00,
The Index of Economic Freedom (by Driscoll-Holmes-Kirkpatrick) for 2001 places Albania in the “Mostly Unfree” category with a rank of 110 (Ranks range from 1 for Hong Kong to 155 for North Korea, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 1, 2000). H. D. Vinod’s trimmed correlation analysis indicates that countries free from economic regulation are less corrupt. After allowing for some exceptions by 20% trimming, the correlation is near 0.9.
Design: Theo den Brinker
Hrishikesh D. Vinod 2000