Amidu secures permission from court to prosecute Ayariga

Amidu secures permission from court to prosecute Ayariga

The Financial Court 2 court has granted permission to the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to investigate the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga.

This follows a petition by the MP to strike out charges levelled against him by Amidu, because he is not qualified to investigate him.

Ayariga, through his lawyer, argued that Amidu, on account of his age; 65 years, is not qualified to hold the Office of the Special Prosecutor, since the holding of that office is in contravention of article 199 (1) and (4) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

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Additionally, his lawyer sought to ascertain whether officers from the Special Prosecutor’s office have the right to use the solicitor general’s license.

The ruling, which was given on Monday, June 17, 2019, however noted that a determination on the capacity of the Special Prosecutor would amount to the usurpation of the powers of the Supreme Court.

Per a Ghanaweb.com report, the judge maintained that Amidu remains the substantive Special Prosecutor until the Supreme Court decides otherwise.

It was further established that the Special Prosecutor’s office might exercise its mandate in addition to any relevant law as far as it is corruption or corruption-related.

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