- Martin Amidu says he will be looking into only serious cases brought before him
- The special prosecutor now has a special board to make it fully functional
- Martin Amidu is Ghana's first special prosecutor
The special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has stated that he is ready to investigate serious cases of corruption that come to his attention.
Since his appointment as Ghana's first special prosecutor, Amidu's office has been inundated with several allegations and reports of corrupt government officials both past and present.
So far, the president has inaugurated a board for the office of the special prosecutor and Martin Amidu has revealed that he will only be considering 'serious' allegations made so far.
These are the words of the Special Prosecutor:
“I can assure you that every petition that has come to this office since I assumed office had been responded to. This office cannot investigate hear-say. So petitioners should be people who must have personal knowledge of the facts.
I know you cannot have resources to prosecute everybody who commits a crime so you make sure you prosecute only the very serious ones so it can deter people from continuing to commit crime because you have to look at the resources you are spending and then the other areas, so we will prosecute serious corruption offenses.”
Government, through the Akufo-Addo administration, established the office of the special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute specific categories of cases and allegations of corruption and other criminal wrongdoing, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and cases implicating public officers and politically-exposed persons.
Meanwhile, members of the board for the special prosecutor include the CID Boss, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah; the EOCO rep, Charles Nana Antwi; representatives from civil society, Linda Ofori Kwafo and Addai Wereko Tawiah; Kofi Wiredu Boakye, Charles Ayamadu, and Kwaku Domfeh.
Martin Amidu's overwhelming approval by parliament comes amidst grave controversies about his political leanings, capacity to be neutral, work ethic and general outlook among others.
He is Ghana's first ever special prosecutor. His appointment and swearing-in form part of Akufo-Addo's resolve to fight corruption once and for all.
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