Corruption: DSS to arraign accused Judges next week

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It was gathered that the Department of State Services, DSS, will next week arraign seven judges it arrested across the country last weekend.

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DSS, it was gathered, will soon conclude investigations into the allegations against the suspects, even as the agency is also waiting for the National Judicial Council to take actions against them.

A source said, “The ongoing investigation is not supposed to go beyond this week. We have written to the NJC about what has happened and we expect the NJC to take some decisions about the affected judges this week.

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“Once that is done, hopefully by next week or thereabouts, we should arraign them in court. For now, more facts in the form of petitions are trickling in about the judges.”

He added that it was its statutory responsibility to investigate every complaint against the judges, adding that some victims had even indicated their readiness to testify in court.

The source disclosed that the agency had gone through the asset declaration forms the judges submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB.

“We discovered a judge filling three different forms with different information either in terms of assets declared or even personal information like age. Imagine one judge filling three different forms with different information just to deceive. Just as I said, we will do a thorough job”, he stated.

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Meanwhile, the DSS has seized the telephones of the seven judges under investigation for corruption.

A security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the call logs of the affected judges were being analysed.

The telephones were being analysed to know whether they had what was described as “illicit communication” with politicians.

“We have seized their telephones and we have started analysing. We are checking their call logs and also checking the calls that had been coming in since Saturday,” said a source.

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