Going undercover to expose corruption at the heart of the judicial system
In this film by Emmanuel Mutaizibwa, broadcast on Al Jazeera's Africa Investigates, we get to follow the trail of corruption through the murky window of one court. We trace a chain of corruption that begins from the police who receive a crime's initial report, right up to the magistrates who preside over the verdict.
Mutaizibwa and his team uncover a court system more akin to a market place where justice (or rather injustice) is on sale, with the higher bidders standing a better chance of sealing buys. Going undercover with the help of litigants and journalists, the film shows that this crime is perpetrated by a cobweb of police and judicial officers, all out for profit in the guise of justice. Everyone's faith in the judicial system is being undermined.
Yet as we see in this film, ordinary working class people are standing up for themselves, people seen as uneducated are learning about the law and their rights and are fighting to take corrupt officials head on. Emmanuel Mutaizibwa asks himself: 'will they triumph against the mighty? Only time will tell - but maybe this film will help.