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14-May-2019  
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A private Legal Practitioner and member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC),  Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe has described the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu as "reckless" to have published a list of some persons he is investigating.

According to him, it is very wrong for the Special Prosecutor to have put out a list.

Speaking on Okay FM’s 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, he explained that by the law, the Special Prosecutor is not supposed to publish the list without prior investigations into the list.

He explained that, how do you hold those mentioned in the list liable over mere allegations leveled against those people by some faceless people.

"It will be very reckless and without merit for the Special Prosecutor to bring out such a list when indeed he has not gotten the necessary or adequate information about the said allegations leveled against them," he added.

He therefore asked the Special Prosecutor to work within the remit of the law and not work out of emotions or by personal vendetta

The Board Chairperson of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Linda Ofori Kwafo, has however questioned the authenticity of a list of 25 cases purported to be cases of interest that the Special Prosecutor had started investigating.

It has been widely reported in the media that former President John Dramani Mahama; ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, Freddy Blay; Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, among others have come under the radar of the Special Prosecutor in a total of 25 cases with one currently in court.

But at a press conference organized by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) Monday, Mrs Ofori Kwafo said the list is not authentic.

According to her, though the office is currently working on some cases of corruption, it is news to her that there is such a list in the public space, indicating she also heard of the said list in the media.

“I don’t speak for the OSP [Office of the Special Prosecutor], I don’t speak for that office but I just want us to all know that as much as we all want corruption dealt with and people investigated properly and sanctioned when the need arises we should also make sure the office works according to its procedures,” she advised.

 
 
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