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Second judge in hot water

A second middle-ranking judge is facing disciplinary action for gross misconduct, this time ranging from her handling of drug cases to refusing to pay her rent and loan installments, it emerged yesterday. An ongoing investigation into a TV program’s claims regarding corruption in the judiciary has already led to one court of first instance judge being referred to the Supreme Court for social security fraud and allegedly trying to get his wife off the hook for issuing dud checks. Yesterday, judicial sources said a court of first instance judge faces disciplinary charges for seeking the release of over 30 drugs suspects whose cases she handled as an examining magistrate. Each time, the prosecutor demanded the suspect’s detention, which was always upheld when the cases came to a council of judges. The judge also allegedly failed to repay installments for consumer loans, until banks started the process of confiscating her assets, and refused to pay the rent for her home.