Former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu, punches holes in the Special Prosecutor’s Bill

Former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu, punches holes in the Special Prosecutor’s Bill

- He outlined a number of shortcomings of the Bill

- He stated that Parliament has no right to vet the person chosen by the President to occupy the office of Special Prosecutor

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A former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu, has argued that the house of Parliament has no input with regard to the approval of the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP).

Former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu, punches holes in the Special Prosecutor’s Bill

One of the campaign promises of the then candidate Akufo-Addo, was the establishment of the office of the Special Prosecutor

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He stated that the office of the SPP isn’t captured under the category of officials to be vetted by Parliament, as it is within the exclusive right of the President.

He revealed that the Bill, which was initially laid before Parliament, but withdrawn, failed to identify the relevant constitutional provisions that established the office.

He however added that clause 20 of the Bill reiterates article 195 of the Constitution, which gives the President the mandate to “appoint other staff of the Office that are necessary for the proper and effective performance of the functions of the Office.”

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He added that article 70(1)e also allows the President to appoint officers, in consultation with the Council of State.

The “Citizen Vigilante” also questioned the rationale behind the qualifications of the SPP as outlined in the Bill.

To him, to make room for persons who have at least 15 years practice at the bar, and making such an office equivalent to that of a Justice of the Court of Appeal isn’t the best.

He went on to say that for the Bill to give the SPP the right to only focus on a specified nature of crimes isn’t the best.

He is convinced that the fight against corruption would be defective if such anomalies are not corrected.

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