Special prosecutor to get 7 years non – renewable term; stakeholders dissect draft bill

Special prosecutor to get 7 years non – renewable term; stakeholders dissect draft bill

- The seven (7) year term is designed to eliminate political interference from the work of the prosecutor

- A draft bill in connection with the appointment has been discussed by stakeholders

- The mechanism for removal from office, in cases of misconduct, is akin to that of a superior court judge

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The present government, in taking steps to fulfill its campaign promise of the appointment of a special public prosecutor has indicated that the one to assume that office is likely to enjoy a non – renewable seven (7) – year tenure of office.

Special prosecutor to get 7 years non – renewable term; stakeholders dissect draft bill

One of president Akufo Addo's campaign promises was the appointment of a special prosecutor

This, is expected to be so, because the one to take charge of the office should be immune from the whims and caprices of the government of the day.

However, such a public official may be removed from office in the same manner as a justice of a superior court, if found to have misconducted him or herself during the term of office.

The deputy Attorney General (AG), Joseph Dendiok Kpemka, is of the opinion that such a tenure is adequate for the one tasked with the job of bringing corrupt public officials to book.

In that regard, a stakeholder session was convened to solicit for ideas to enhance the creation of the office.

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Meanwhile, there has been outcries in the past with regard to issues that are related to the prosecution of public officials, both past and present.

The aim of the government, according to the deputy AG, is to separate draw a distinction between the political nature of the AG’s department and the task of ensuring that corrupt public executives do not escape justice.

Kpemka concluded by stating that the public prosecutor would also have the right to seize the property of public officials found culpable to corruption.

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