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General News of Friday, 23 February 2018

Source: ghanaguardian.com

'I’ve not been served with any writ challenging my appointment' - Amidu

Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Amidu, has said he has not been served with a writ challenging his position as the SP.

Former Deputy Attorney-General, Dr Dominic Ayine, has filed a suit at the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Mr Amidu because of his age.

In his argument, he said the Office of the Special Prosecutor falls under the broad category of public officers who by the constitution must retire by age 60 with a possible extension to 65 years.

He is seeking declaration that: “By a true and proper interpretation of Article 190(1)(d),199(1,)199(4) and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public office created pursuant to Article(1)(d) is 60 years, anyhow not beyond (65).”

However, during his swearing-in at the Flagstaff House on Friday, 23 February 2018, Mr Amidu said: “Mr President, I wish to assure you that the propaganda about witch hunting will not daunt me from prosecuting all corruption crimes without reference to political considerations.

He added: “I want the public to know that nobody has served me personally with any writ or statement of case or injunction challenging my nomination, approval and appointment so as to restrain me from accepting this appointment.”