L.I on Special Prosecutor Office laid

Government has laid a Legislative Instrument (L.I) to provide legal backing to the operations of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

Defence Minister,  Dominc Nitiwul laid the paper on behalf of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General in accordance with  the Office of the Special Prosecutor Regulations, 2018 and Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations)  Regulations 2018.

Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye has referred LI to the Subsidiary Legislation committee of Parliament to consider a report.

The LI is one of the prerequisites needed by the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu in order to carry out his statutory obligations.

The LI will define the scope of operations for the office and what will be legally acceptable by the office to do in prosecuting its agenda.

The laying of the bill comes at a time when government promised, in the 2019 budget statement, to provide ¢180million to the office for its activities.

The Office was set up by the Akufo-Addo-led administration as part of a bipartisan approach to prosecuting corruption issues in the country.

In January 2018, Martin Amidu, a member of the opposition NDC, was appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the first Special Prosecutor, an appointment that triggered a huge controversy.

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