Amidu responds to controversy surrounding Ayariga’s charge sheet; takes ultimate responsibility

Amidu responds to controversy surrounding Ayariga’s charge sheet; takes ultimate responsibility

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has admitted there were errors in the charge sheet sent to court in his case against the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga.

The revelation comes after three of the charges levelled against the MP were struck out by the court.

The judge ruled that the charges struck out were not in any way linked to the corruption-related offences levelled against Ayariga.

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The judge further noted that the Special Prosecutor had no powers to charge the lawmaker with such offenses.

“When I got the judgment, I had no doubt that the judge in the case did the right thing by not pronouncing on the ability of the office to investigate and prosecute under the Customs Act or the Foreign Exchange Act,” Amidu said in an interview.

Citinewsroom.com reports that he went on to say the ruling simply meant he needed to provide Ayariga with more details of the link between the foreign exchange offences and corruption-related offences.

Ayariga is facing charges of evading customs duties and taxes by paying GH¢6,062.86 instead of the approved duties and taxes of GH¢36,597.15 to clear three Toyota V8 Land Cruisers.

According to Amidu, he believed the mere mention of the Land Cruisers in his writ was enough of a link.

He however noted that his office would be guided in the future to provide the needed particulars to back such charges.

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