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General News of Thursday, 6 June 2019

Source: Mynewsgh.com

Martin Amidu talks too much – Kwaku Azar

Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, a US-based legal practitioner and accounting professor popularly known on Facebook as Kwaku Azar has stated that Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu appears to be talking too much.

He is of the view that Mr. Amidu should allow allow the court papers to do the talking on the case involving the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central constituency Mahama Ayariga rather than him.

The MP for Bawku central constituency who has been dragged to court by the Special Prosecutor for evading tax and dealing in foreign currency without a license has stated that the latter cannot take him to court because he’s an MP and enjoys some form of immunity.

But Kwaku Azar said the Special Prosecutor talks too much and that it was needless for him to have written a letter to Parliament asking for the release of Ayariga.

He suggested to Mr Amidu to allow the court papers to do the talking and press charges or make arrest when Ayariga refuses to show up in court.

In an interview with Asempa FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, he said, ‘I think the Special Prosecutor out of the abundance of caution wrote that letter to Parliament. That letter was needless but this is the danger of a Special Prosecutor who talks too much, writes too much and does so many things. He should allow the court papers to do the talking. Yours is to present your information or charge to the court, the court serves the party, there’s a criminal summons, you wait if the party doesn’t show up, you ask the court to charge him for contempt or ask the police to arrest him that’s all’.

The US-based Academic and Law School reform activist feared the Speaker and MPs are likely to interfere which will drag the case.

He further feared some people will rebel in future if a group of people in society are treated differently when they are charged with criminal offences.

He said Mr Ayariga per his work is supposed to know better not to mess with the law saying he has no excuse not to appear in court over the allegations levelled against him.

He indicated that Mahama Ayariga is confusing the nature of immunity he enjoys which has some limitations advising him to go to court and clear his name if indeed the charges are wrong.

Mahma Ayariga has no case not to go court, this is not an invitation by the police that you can say you won’t honour, this is a different case, this is an order, the only time he can’t be served is when he’s coming or going to Parliament…he’s making a mistake by confusing the nature of the immunity that he enjoys,’ he stated in the interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com.