Martin Amidu resigns as Special Prosecutor

Martin Amidu resigns as Special Prosecutor

- Martin Amidu has resigned from his position as the Special Prosecutor on MOnday, November 16, 2020

- Amidu's resignation suggests the lack of independence for his office as one of the main reasons for his decision

- In his letter, the former Atorney General cited reactions he has got from his recent of assessment of the Agyapa Royalty deal as an example

- Appointed in February 2018, Amidu is the first occupant of the position which was created in fulfilment of President Nana Akufo-Addo's promise to fight corruption

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The Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu, has resigned from his position, can report.

Amidu resigned from his position on November 16, 2020, through a letter addressed to the president, Nana Akufo-Addo.

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In his resignation letter, Amidu suggested that President Akufo-Addo has not been able to ensure the independence of his office and his freedom to act on matters.

Martin Amidu resigns as Special Prosecutor
Photo source: Facebook/Nana Akufo-Addo
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“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor,” quoted his letter as saying.

In his letter, Amidu cited feedback on his recently submitted corruption risk assessment on Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions as one of the triggers that have got him to resign.

According to the former Attorney General, while he had thought that he was doing his work independently, reactions to his report have indicated otherwise.

He thus sees his position as the Special Prosecutor untenable has decided to resign with immediate effect.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 11, 2018, nominated the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, for the position of Special Prosecutor.

He was sworn into office on February 23, 2018, after passing a rigorous vetting in Parliament on February 13.

Amidu was the first person to occupy the position of Special Prosecutor which was created in fulfillment of Akufo-Addo's promise to fight corruption.

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