- Martin Amidu has cleared the air on the exoneration of Charles Bissue
- According to him, he has not been cleared of corruption charges levelled against him
- He said the case was still with the Special Prosecutor's Office pending discussion
The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has said Charles Cromwell Bissue, a presidential staffer and former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, has not been cleared of corruption allegations levelled against him.
According to the special prosecutor, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, which announced that he had been freed, had no jurisdiction of the matter.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Monday, July 22, 2019, Amidu said his office is still investigating Bissue, adding that he strongly protested the interference of the CID in the matter.
According to him, the CID Director-General, COP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah wrote back to him claiming she had been instructed by the Minister of Science, Environment, Technology, and Innovation, Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng; and the Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery to undertake the parallel investigation.
Daily Graphic newspaper reported on Monday, July 22, 2019 that after a four-month investigation by the CID following the Galamsey Fraud documentary which captured Bissue collecting various sums of money to allegedly bend the laws for some small-scale miners, the video was found not to have depicted the real situation.
However, the CID report said the documentary is not a true reflection of what transpired between Mr. Bissue and the representatives of the said ORR Resource Enterprise.
The CID also said Anas did not cooperate with the investigation by refusing to release the unedited videos of the incident as requested by the police.
Bissue was alleged to have taken a GHC35,000 bribe to help a make-believe mining firm ORR Resource Enterprise, circumvent all the necessary protocols pertaining to small-scale mining following the lifting of the ban imposed on such mining by the government.
In Anas' undercover work, Mr. Bissue is captured on video issuing out orders to some subordinates on the phone to fast-track ORR’s acquisition of a pass despite the phoney company’s unworthiness.
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