- Former president Mahama says Special Prosecutor will not be truly independent
- He says Special Prosecutor will still draw powers from Attorney General's office
- He was speaking at the National Democratic Conress's Unity Walk in Techiman
Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed doubt concerning the soon to be appointed Special Prosecutor's independence considering the fact that he, or she will still function "under the supervision" of the Attorney-General's Officer.
According to the former head of state, the yet to be established Office of the Special Prosecutor will still work under the supervision of the Attorney-General's (AG) office, making it still susceptible to political pressure from the executive.
Speaking at the National Democratic Congress's (NDC) Unity Walk in Techiman, former president Mahama related that the Special Prosecutor will still draw his or her authority from the AG's office.
“The special prosecutor is like any ordinary state attorney. If you ask any of the MPs who passed the Special Prosecutor Bill, they will tell you that it still puts him or her under the supervision of the Attorney General. So did we go or come,” said former President Mahama.
The former head of state went on to highlight the case concerning the Delta Force members who attacked a court in Kumasi, and how they seemed to have been freed with little effort.
He expressed that as long as the Special Prosecutor is under "their office", whoever ends up in occupying that office will not be truly independent.
“We all heard how the Attorney General filed a Nolle prosequi and freed Delta Force members who attacked the court. They can do same in cases under the Independent Special Prosecutor once it is still under their office," he said.
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