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Special Prosecutor lists 5 'corrupt' cases to prosecute

August 15th 2022, 1:12:31 pm

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has listed cases it is currently investigating for prosecution.

Kissi Agyebeng, Special Prosecutor

There is a provision that requires the office to make public to Ghanaians the list of cases brought before it and these form part of the OSP's Half Yearly Report published on August 1, 2022.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor was established in November 2017 with a specific mandate to oversee cases of corruption, involving public officers and individuals in the private sector.

The Special Prosecutor has disclosed that over 70 cases are currently under investigation.

The list covers a number of ongoing investigations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

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The Special Prosecutor listed three cases that were without conviction or acquittal in respect of the cases pending before the criminal courts;

  • The Republic vs. Mahama Ayariga and Another
  • The Republic vs. Adjenim Boateng Adjei and Another
  • Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka Case

It also revealed that three cases have been concluded by the OSP;

  • Agri-Plus Horizon Farms Limited Case
  • Samuel Atta Akyea Case
  • Labianca Company Limited and Customs Division of GRA case

In terms of ongoing Investigations, five cases are currently under investigation by the OSP to realize a full-scale action;

  • Airbus SE

Investigation into alleged bribery by Airbus SE, a European multinational aerospace corporation, in respect of the sale and purchase of military aircrafts for the Republic is ongoing. The Office is engaged with INTERPOL and the central authorities of the United Kingdom and the United States under the mutual legal assistance regime.

  • Banking and Financial Sector Crisis

On 25 January 2022, the Special Prosecutor announced the commencement of investigation into the banking and financial sector crisis that precipitated the collapse of some banks and financial

institutions and the financial sector clean up and recapitalisation reforms.

The investigation targets alleged corruption and corruption-related offences perpetrated by some officials of the Bank of Ghana, banks, specialised deposit-taking institutions, and financial holding companies.

  • Recruitment to Cadet Officers Training at The Ghana Police Academy
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On 17 March 2022, the Special Prosecutor announced the commencement of investigation into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of the recruitment exercise of Course 51 of Cadet Officers Training at the Ghana Police Academy.

The investigations target specific cases of alleged corruption and corruption-related offences of the use of office for profit, abuse of office, abuse of power, favouritism, nepotism, victimisation and the selection of unqualified persons.

  • Estate of Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie

On 26 May 2022, the Special Prosecutor announced the commencement of investigation in respect of alleged improper acquisition of state protected land at the Achimota Forest enclave and the Sakumono Ramsar site by the deceased former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission.

On 30 May 2022, the Special Prosecutor directed the freezing of the Estate of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie alias Sir John (deceased). On 9 June 2022, the Special Prosecutor applied to the High Court, Financial Division, Accra for a confirmation of the freezing order.

On 12 July 2022, the High Court refused the application. On 19 July 2022, the Special Prosecutor filed a Notice of Appeal to the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, Accra against the decision of the High Court.

  • Northern Development Authority / A&Qs Consortium
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On 30 June 2022, the Office commenced investigation into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of a contract awarded by the Northern Development Authority to A&Qs Consortium

for consultancy services under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), especially in respect of the quantum of the contract sum.

On 1 July 2022, the Special Prosecutor directed the Controller and Accountant General to immediately freeze payments arising from the contract.

  • Other Cases

The Office is also investigating seventy (70) other cases at various levels of consideration. These would be publicised if the Special Prosecutor determines that they are within the mandate of the Office and that they should be moved past the preliminary investigation stage.

This is a policy intended to protect the privacy of individuals and the business operations of institutions and companies, and to avoid unnecessary stigmatisation.

Here's the full document issued by the Special Prosecutor on the cases to prosecute:

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