BNI invites Shaanxi officials Over bribery scandal #Mining_CompanyFebruary 12, 2019
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has summoned some top officials of the Shaanxi Mining Company Ltd over attempts to bribe Starr News’ Upper East regional correspondent after they were caught having secret meetings with a judge during some undercover investigations on public access to equal justice under the law.
The officials, in a desperate move to have their ex parte communications with the judge, Justice Jacob B.
But the journalist took the bribe items and some of the investigative recordings in his possession to the Upper East Regional BNI Command in Bolgatanga as evidence before making the findings public in a news report on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
Shaanxi, a Chinese-owned establishment, was battling a case with the Cassius Mining Company, a firm from Australia, at the Bolgatanga High Court One at the time of the undercover investigations.
Cassius also prayed the court to grant an interlocutory injunction on Shaanxi’s operations outside the license areas of its host partners— Yenyeya and Pubortaaba mining groups— and pleaded for the defendant (Shaanxi) to be restrained from unlawfully interfering in the area the plaintiff (Cassius) had been authorized to carry out prospecting.
But subsequently, the region’s most senior judge suddenly recused himself from the case on Monday, December 17, 2018, after he was officially notified of Starr News investigative findings on the secret meetings the Shaanxi officials had held with him at his official residence in Bolgatanga.
Group Petitions President, Chief Justice against Judge
“Knowing the modus operandi of the Shaanxi Mining Company Ltd vis-à-vis the Starr News investigative report, we are of the opinion that a good number of aggrieved individuals, groups or communities would not resort to court for justice against the Shaanxi Mining Company Ltd henceforth because of the actions of the High Court Judge and some other public and traditional officeholders.
“In conclusion, we strongly believe that when disciplinary action is expeditiously taken as requested, the confidence which the public has lost in the justice system in the Upper East Region, particularly in the Bolgatanga High Court Room One where Justice Jacob B.
Whilst calling for the Shaanxi officials involved in the bribery scandal to be “investigated” and “prosecuted” at a court of competent jurisdiction, the anti-graft organisation also entreated the BNI to “make public the findings of their investigations in the shortest time possible to, as it were, do away with the fear that the Shaanxi Mining Company Ltd will, by all means, bribe them to kill the matter”.