The Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Amidu, has reacted to a media publication suggesting that he has submitted a "tall list" of Members of Parliament (MPs) from both NPP and NDC who have been lined up for prosecution on corruption-related offences.
In a press release copied to Graphic Online and issued on Thursday June 6, 2019, Amidu explained that his reaction was in relation to a report that quoted Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, as having made the allegation in a radio interview.
According to Amidu, Osei-Kyei-Mensah was reported to have stated that Parliament, through the Special Prosecutor, has received a tall list of parliamentarians from both NDC and NPP who would be facing possible prosecution.
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Clarifying what was said, Amidu stated that the Office of the Special Prosecutor had from time to time made written requests to the Speaker of Parliament to release named Members of Parliament to assist it in conducting investigation into allegations of the suspected commission of corruption and corruption-related offences.
"Apart from the Hon. Mahama Ayariga, who is a 1st accused in a pending case filed in the High Court and therefore facing possible prosecution, the Office has not made any decision whether or not to charge any other Member of Parliament for a corruption offence, let alone for such member to face possible prosecution by this Office," Amidu stated
Amidu stated that, "should there be any bi-partisan agenda for publishing such untruths, the public should be told upfront and boldly of their intentions and not through subterfuge."
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He also noted that, "about eight (8) other Members of Parliament from the NDC and the NPP, aside from the Hon. Mahama Ayariga, have been invited and released by Mr. Speaker for statements to be taken from them for suspected corruption and corruption-related offences."
He said the investigators have not submitted any investigation dockets or recommended to the Special Prosecutor as to whether or not they ought to be charged with any corruption offences.
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