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General News of Monday, 22 July 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Amidu laments interference in Bissue’s case; says probe ongoing

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has lamented what he calls interference in his office’s investigation of former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, Charles Bissue.

Mr. Amidu stated that his office is still investigating Mr. Bissue, who has been cooperating, and one other over the corruption claims.

Tiger Eye petitioned the Special Prosecutor in February 2019 after its own investigations implicated Mr. Bissue in possible corruption at the committee.

In a documentary released by Tiger Eye, Mr. Bissue was seen taking money to help an unlicensed company to circumvent protocol to carry out mining operations.

After the petition, Mr. Amidu recalled that he wrote to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service after the first signs that police were investigating the case cautioning against any intrusion.

“We have indicated that we are going to begin investigations. There shouldn’t be duplicity of our efforts so they [the CID] should stop it,” he said on the Citi Breakfast Show.

He also reminded that his office was mandated to deal with alleged corruption involving politically exposed persons.

But it appears his warnings were not heeded as reports from state media, Daily Graphic indicated that the CID has exonerated Mr. Bissue of the corruption claims.

According to the Daily Graphic, a letter written by the CID to Ampofo, Oppong and Associates, lawyers for Mr Bissue, said the presidential staffer had been cleared of all corruption accusations.

The CID reportedly concluded that the footage in the documentary was not a true reflection of what transpired between Mr. Bissue and the mining company.

Mr. Amidu described this as an obstruction saying “this is not the first time this type of obstruction is happening. People choose to interfere with my corruption investigations when they think it doesn’t suit them.”

This comes after he complained about heads of public institutions frustrating his work in an article he released last week.

“The police know I have told them they can’t do it and the Minister of Interior knows that I have told him that for them to direct police to do it is a political decision… Why would politicians send a case to the police when they know I am supposed to handle it.”

‘CID’s exoneration of Charles Bissue preposterous’ – Lawyer

A lawyer with Tiger Eye PI, Sammy Darko, also on the Citi Breakfast Show raised concerns with the Criminal Investigations Department’s (CID) alleged exoneration of Charles Bissue.

Sammy Darko said the findings and subsequent relief granted Mr. Bissue were not grounded in law and hopes a competent court brings finality to the matter once the Special Prosecutor concludes his investigation.

“We have had the green light from the office of the Special Prosecutor that they are almost done. We furnished them with almost everything. We also know that Bissue and his lawyers have all been there. So, investigations with the Special Prosecutor have really gone far, so we are really confident that this matter will officially be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction when the Special Prosecutor places the evidence before that court and not for the police, Charles Bissue himself or his lawyers to be going ahead of himself and think that they have been cleared. I think that will be a bit preposterous.”

“What we know is that the Special Prosecutor has come out to say that people should stop interfering in his work. So, it is surprising to even hear about this.”