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LI On Special Prosecutor Office Laid before Parliament


The Legislative Instrument (LI) on the office of the Special Prosecutor has finally been laid before Parliament by the government.

Dominic Nitiwul who is the Defence Minister laid the document on behalf of the Attorney General on Monday, November 26, 2018.

The document has since been referred to the Subsidiary Legislative Committee for deliberations and it will take 21 working days for the instrument to mature into law.

The LI is one of the ingredients 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.

It will be recalled that the government also allocated GHS180 million to the Office of the Special Prosecutor to resource it to fight corruption.

This was announced by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on Thursday, 15 November 2018 when he delivered the 2019 budget statement.

This comes after the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, had bemoaned the lack of resources for his office to function.

Parliament passed a law in November 2017 to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialised agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers and individuals in the private sector implicated in corrupt practices.

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