Nii Ayikoi Otoo, former Attorney General below the Kufuor administration, has suggested the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to file appeals as a substitute of holding press conferences to criticize judges’ dismissive rulings in corruption instances.
His feedback are available response to the OSP’s latest expression of concern over the rising development of such rulings, which it fears might hinder the combat towards corruption.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, November 29, Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng expressed alarm on the “growing hasty dismissiveness and lack of regard” for corruption instances, which he believes might severely impede the OSP’s means to fulfil its mandate.
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Mr Agyebeng highlighted 4 particular instances that exemplified this development, together with the acquittal of Cecilia Dapaah, a former authorities official, in a corruption case and the refusal of a court docket order to freeze the property of former NPP General Secretary, Kojo Owusu Afriyie, regardless of mounting allegations of corruption towards his property.
Speaking in an interview on Eyewitness News on Citi FM on Tuesday, Mr Ayikoi Otoo mentioned “To me, I do not think that it is necessary for him to lament and to hold press conferences. I mean when a lawyer goes to court and he loses a case, if you believe strongly that the judges committed errors in coming to that conclusion, all you need to do is to file an appeal.”
He added, “He (Special Prosecutor) is completely wrong, he should have done that…Instead of going on appeal, you sit and cry to a press. What does he want the press to do for him? That is very disappointing on his part.”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, throughout proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday, said that the regulation establishing the OSP was an act of futility.