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Martin Amidu's reasons not enough to resign as the Special Prosecutor – Emile Short

A former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Emile Short, has explained that reasons cited by Martin Amidu are not enough for him to step down as the Special Prosecutor.

According to him, Martin Amidu should not have resigned as Special Prosecutor in spite of the challenges he claimed he was facing.

On Monday, November 16, 2020, Martin Amidu resigned from his office with immediate effect over interference in his work by the NPP-led government by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He stated that the President of the Republic was interfering in the performance of his duties in relation to the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the controversial Agyapa Royalties Transaction.

He alleged that the President attempted to convince him to include a response from the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta in his report which he declined because "that would have compromised my independence as the Special Prosecutor."

In his assessment report on the Agyapa deal, Amidu said the Transaction Advisor involved in the deal were susceptible to "nepotism, cronyism, and favouritism".

According to him, Nana Addo has not been able to ensure his independence and freedom of action.

However, Justice Emile Short said the Act that established the office of the special prosecutor, Act, 2017 (Act 959), gives him the power to ignore any orders or interference from anyone including the president.

SOURCE : pulse.com.gh

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