US warns Ghana over special prosecutor office

US warns Ghana over special prosecutor office

- The US is warning against selective justice should the special prosecutor's office be set up

- Speaker of parliament has insisted that the office should first be approved in parliament

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The US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, is entreating government to tread cautiously in the establishment of an office for the special prosecutor.

US warns Ghana over special prosecutor office

US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson (Photo: myjoyonline.com)

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In a media interaction at the launch of the African Centre on Law and Ethics in Accra, the ambassador warned that the special prosecutor should not renege in its quest of ensuring that no public office holder feels immune to the chance of prosecution should they be found guilty of corruption.

Meanwhile, the speaker of parliament has hinted of a possible breech of the law if the presidency fails to ensure that the special prosecutor is not only appointed by the attorney general but also approved upon by parliament.

According to Professor Mike Ocquaye, government would have to ensure that the very prosecutorial powers of the Special Prosecutor does not clash that of the Attorney General.

The establishment of a special prosecutor's office falls part of government's campaign promise of ending the scourge of corruption among public officials. But this move by government has raised red flags over possible political vendetta.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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