A private legal practitioner and member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, has said Martin Amidu, appointment as Special Prosecutor was based on an exploit opportunity against the NDC.
According to the young affable lawyer, President Akufo Addo seized the opportunity of Amidu embittered relation with former President John Mahama and the NDC to arrived at the appointment without any extensive consultation as to the merit.
Mr Edudzi made the claims on his Facebook page.
Unfortunately, he said, “the Act establishing the Office requires due process and not emotions.”
In his view, Amidu could not apply the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act without recourse to the provision of the Constitution and procedures.
“The 1992 Constitution has elaborated provisions offering protections for citizens right from the time of arrest to detention to arraignment in court.”
“The Supreme Court in the recent case of Eugene Baffoe Bonnie and others v The Republic, expanded the scope of disclosures in criminal trials to include those involving summary trials,” lawyer Edudzi argued.
He contended that, per the Supreme Court decision, prosecution could take easily as anger, stating “You can’t really hide any serious piece of material evidence from the accused persons.”
He said whereas Nana Addo was thinking of a Gestapo Office of Special Persecutor, the situation per the laws of the land could not guaranteed that, hence the President and his party, the New Patriotic Party could not get prosecution smoothly.
Mr Edudzi said, if the President believed and have trust for Mr Amidu, would not still using investigators from Economic and Organized Crimes Office for his work.
He further doubt the sincerity of the President appointment of Mr Amidu as EOCO has investigated several people and initiated criminal prosecutions.
He added that, instead of using Mr Amidu and his office to prosecute the alleged corrupt officials, ,” The President prefers to use the current Attorney General more. She is in fact in court prosecuting different cases.”
“Clearly, the conduct of Nana Addo’s Attorney General should tell you that OSP was just for politics, Lawyer Edudzi further asserted.
Simply, the NDC legal team member said, “Mr Amidu easily fell into Nana Addo’s political gamesmanship without more.”
He said Amidu would try to please the President but the steam is gone.
He also pointed out that, the NPP latest commentary on Martin Amidu works further betrayed the NPP political subculture of using criminal prosecution as a tool of political demonization.
Mr Edudzi said the only thing now for Amidu to save his credibility is to resign from the Office.
Nana Addo, he said genuinely exploited Amidu anger in a very unethical manner.
The legal practitioner said the real people who will face the Office of Special Prosecutor would be the appointees of President Akufo Addo once he leaves office in 2021.
For him, “anyone with critical mind can see the various corrupt deals they are engaged in using Parliament.”
Source: therepublicnewsonlline.com/Felix Nyaaba