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Reform justice system to give people confidence – Rev Minister

He said there was
the need to ensure fair and speedy trial of cases.

Delivering the sermon
at the 35th martyrs day and memorial service in Kumasi, he said this was the
way forward to stop people from taking the law into their own hands – mob
action and violent attacks.

The service was
organized by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in collaboration with the Judicial
Service in remembrance of three high court judges and a retired military
officer, gruesomely murdered in 1982.

Justices Fred Poku
Sarkodie, Mrs. Cecilia Koranteng Addow and Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong were cowardly
killed together with Major Acquah.

The Rev Agyeman
indicated that unnecessary delays, corruption and perversion of justice were
eroding the confidence of the people in the justice system.

He therefore
reminded judges and lawyers to do everything to make sure that nobody was
denied justice.

He used the occasion
to denounce the growing lawlessness in the society and said the cruel murder of
Major Maxwell Mahama at Denkyira-Obuasi, should be a wake-up call to the law
enforcement agencies to act decisively to end the impunity.

Mr. Francis Kwofie,
President of the Ashanti Bar Association, asked all Ghanaians to rally round
the national flag, respect, uphold and defend the constitution and its
institutions.

He added that the
use of brute violence to resolve grievances should not be allowed to undermine
the rule of law.

Mr. Kwofie urged the
police and the Attorney General to diligently investigate all recent acts of
violence and criminal activities perpetuated by individuals and groups and to
bring the culprits to justice.

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The Reverend Moses Opoku Agyeman, Kumasi District Minister of the
Presbyterian Church, has called for urgent reforms to give Ghanaians confidence
in the justice system.

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