Martin Amidu dragged to Supreme Court over his "retirement" age

Martin Amidu dragged to Supreme Court over his "retirement" age

- Former attorney general under the NDC is calling for Martin Amidu to be disqualified

- A suit filed against government argues that Martin Amidu is beyond the retirement age

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dragged the government to the Supreme Court over the nomination of citizen vigilante, Martin Amidu as special prosecutor.

READ ALSO: Appointment of Martin Amidu sends shock waves to NDC

Martin Amidu, according to the opposition NDC, has grown beyond the retirement age for public office holders.

The present age of Martin Amidu is 66 years - an age beyond that of the 60-year-old limit for retirement.

It all started when a deputy attorney general, Dr Dominc Ayine filed the motion through the former lawyer of ex-president Mahama during the election petition - Lawyer Tony Lithur.

What this means is that should the opposition NDC win this suit, Martin Amidu could be on his way to getting dismissed or disqualified as the nominated special prosecutor.

Parliament will be vetting Martin Amidu in what has been described as a landmark session. In fact, YEN.com.gh is learning that the vetting is expected to last for hours.

The nomination of Martin Amidu as special prosecutor sent shockwaves through the opposition NDC as some members of the party say his appointment could lead to wild witch hunting of members of the opposition.

Martin Amidu's selection kills earlier claims that the president had settled on lawyer Akoto Ampaw as special prosecutor. The selection of Martin Amidu has sparked political commotion following the well-known history of Martin Amidu fighting against corruption cases in the country.

The appointment of Martin Amidu has been described by former CHRAJ boss, Emile Short as the best and clever choice considering his independence and strife for justice.

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When fully operational, the Special Prosecutor’s office will be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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