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Your call for Parliament to investigate the handling of Cecilia Dapaah case by EOCO is an exercise in futility – Amidu to Domelevo, Kpebu, others

Martín Amidu and Daniel Yao Domelevo Martín Amidu and Daniel Yao Domelevo

Martin Amidu has told former Auditor General Daniel Yao Domelevo, renowned lawyer Martin Kpebu and other notable Ghanaians who have petitioned Parliament for a bipartisan inquiry into the conduct of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) in investigating the former Minister of Health Cecilia Dapaah, that their action is a waste.

The group, which also includes outspoken security analyst Dr Adam Bonaa, academic Professor Ransford Gyampo and more than 100 Ghanaians from diverse backgrounds, said the EOCO had sufficient grounds to investigate the former Minister for money laundering but decided not to. continue with the case.

However, Martin Amidu, former special prosecutor, in a statement copied to GhanaWeb stated that the decision of the EOCO to close the case against the former minister cannot be reversed as it was a directive from the Office of the Attorney General.

He further explained that Parliament has no authority to investigate the responsibilities of the Attorney General.

Amidu’s statement, dated May 23, 2024, reads in part: “The petitioners in Parliament, most of whom are well-known activists and spokespersons for Kissi Agyebeng and the NDC, know that it is trite to know that investigative discretion and The Attorney General’s procedural process is not subject to review by the courts of law. The EOCO is subject to the authority and instructions of the Attorney General under Law 804.

“The Executive Director of the EOCO cannot, therefore, refuse to comply with the advice of the Attorney General or the Director of Public Prosecutions. Parliament certainly has no power to investigate the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion by of the Attorney General under article 88 of the 1992 Constitution.”

Amidu, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, suggested that Parliament’s involvement in this matter would only serve political interests if the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and the minority group decide to exploit it.

Amidu therefore concluded that the petition to Parliament, inspired by Kissi Agyebeng, to investigate
The EOCO’s failure to pursue non-existent money laundering allegations against Cecilia Dapaah is futile unless the NDC Speaker of Parliament uses them for political gain.

He also criticized special prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng for violating several provisions of the 1992 Constitution during his investigation into the former minister.

About the case of Cecilia Dapaah:

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has closed its case against the former minister and her husband, Daniel Osei Kufuor, accused of corruption and corruption-related offenses after two of her house helpers allegedly stole $1 million and €300,000. cash. along with other valuable items from her residence in Abelemkpe.

The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, concluded that his office lacked the authority to prosecute or take further action against the former minister and referred the case to the EOCO.

The referral was based on the suspicion that the large sums of money found in Cecilia Dapaah’s properties and bank accounts could be the product of a money laundering and structuring scheme.

However, EOCO returned the case files on advice from the Attorney General’s Office that “OSP’s referral to EOCO for money laundering investigations is unfounded.”

Attorney General Godfred Dame also said there was no evidence of corruption or procurement violations against the former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources and her husband.

Read Amidu’s full statement below:

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