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General News of Saturday, 5 May 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Deputy Special Prosecutor to be vetted on May 16

The deputy Special Prosecutor-nominee, Cynthia Lamptey, will appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament at a public hearing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, to be considered for the position.

If approved, Cynthia Lamptey will assist Martin Amidu, who was sworn in as the Special Prosecutor in February.

President Nana Akufo-Addo nominated Jane Cynthia Naa Korshie Lamptey for the position of deputy Special Prosecutor on April 26.

She is a lawyer of 30 years standing at the Ghana Bar and a former acting Director of Public Prosecutions.

Among her notable works, Cynthia Lamptey led the prosecution of a former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Alhaji Imoro who is standing trial for the alleged theft of GHc86.9 million belonging to the state.

She was also in charge of the criminal prosecution of National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, in the GHc 52 million judgment debt saga.

She left the department after 20 years in 2015.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has been tasked to investigate and prosecute certain categories of cases and allegations of corruption and other criminal wrongdoing, including those involving alleged violations of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and cases implicating public officers and politically-exposed persons.

The office has also be mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.

The Special Prosecutor’s office is expected to be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued governance.