Special Prosecutor To Release Cases – Board Chair


It has emerged that, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, headed by citizen vigilante, Martin Alamisi Amidu will in no time publish updates on various cases of alleged corruption it has investigated so far.

The hint was given by the Board Chair and Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Linda Ofori Kwarfo, at the sidelines of a forum on disallowance and surcharge held in Accra.

She noted, “If you look at the Special Prosecutor Act, there is a provision that requires the office to make public to Ghanaians the list of cases they have been working on over a period of time. It is supposed to be published in daily newspapers. It is supposed to be seen.”
The Act establishing the Office of Special Prosecutor provides that on a quarterly basis, the office shall publish the following information in at least two daily newspapers of national circulation and on the website of the Office; the list of corruption cases investigated and prosecuted by the Office; and the number of convictions secured.

“I know that the office, in due course, not too long from now, will publish this list,” Mrs. Ofori Kwarfo assured.

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, in January this year, stated that his office would prosecute its first case in 2019, although he did not give an exact date for his first prosecution. Martin Amidu said investigations into some of the cases were far advanced and legal proceedings would soon be commenced against persons at the center of those cases.

But Martin Amidu in an interview granted to Citi News and monitored by ghanacrusader.com, intimated that, some cases he was currently investigating were near completion and he will ensure that he sticks to his mandate and only drag persons to court once his office finds ample evidence against them.

“It is difficult for me to say you are going to see the first prosecution tomorrow or tomorrow next. As we sit now, I am yet to have engaged prosecutors, I have a few investigators. I am trying to get a few prosecutors who will handle whatever dockets are completed.”

“When I am certain that a citizen has to lose his right by being put before a court to answer for an offense, he will hear it. I don’t think it is proper for me to announce that somebody has been arrested and he is being investigated when you don’t even have any evidence as to whether the evidence is true or false,” he added.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor, headed by Martin Amidu, is mandated to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption and corruption related offences under the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and investigate allegations of corruption and corruption related offences under the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) implicating public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector implicated in the commission of the alleged crimes.

The office was recently petitioned over the illegal mining investigation by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, alleged procurement breaches and conflict of interest against the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Cooperation (GNPC), Dr. K.K. Sarpong and alleged malfeasance by the former Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, among others.


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