Parliament warns gov't over creation of special prosecutor office

Parliament warns gov't over creation of special prosecutor office

- Parliament has warned government over the creation of the special prosecutor office

- Speaker of parliament is charging government to ensure that this office does not duplicate the powers of the attorney general

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Speaker of parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye, has warned the president over the setting up of a special prosecutor office.

Parliament warns gov't over creation of special prosecutor office

Parliament warns gov't over creation of special prosecutor office

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The special prosecutor office, according to Nana Addo, will be aimed at enforcing accountability in the state as public officials both acting and former would be investigated for crimes committed during their term of office.

But the Speaker in an address to an entourage of the British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN revealed that this move by the president could conflict with the constitutional mandate of the attorney general.

The attorney general, by law is responsible for "the initiation and conduct of all prosecutions of criminal offences" - a set out constitutional order which could be breached or duplicated with the coming in of this special office.

Meanwhile, the speaker is proposing for this special prosecutor to be appointed not by the president but rather the attorney general under parliamentary approval so as to revert any possible instances of an obstruction of justice.

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