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Ghana: Martin Amidu Resigns as Special Prosecutor

Martin Amidu has resigned from his position as the Special Prosecutor (SP) of the Republic of Ghana.

In a letter addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo, Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu said his decision is to “enable Your Excellency to take steps to appoint a replacement to that position as required by law.”

In the letter, the now former SP appeared to suggested that the Presidency had not been able to ensure his independence and freedom of action to pursue issues of corrupt at governance level.

“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor,” a part of his letter read.

An example he cited as one of the factors that triggered his resignation, was the “traumatic experience” between 20th October 2020 and 2nd November 2020 after releasing his corruption risk assessment on Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions.

He said while he believed that he was executing his mandate independently and in the interest of “Ghana first,” the resultant reactions he has received concerning the work he put a lot of work into makes him convinced that he was somehow expected to bring a more satisfying outcome for some actors in government. He says this among other factor are the reason why he feels that exercising his independence as a Special Prosecutor is almost impossible under current circumstances and as such, makes his work untenable.

“In undertaking the analysis of the risk of prevention of corruption and anti-corruption assessment I sincerely believed that I was executing an independent mandate under the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Act, 2017 (Act 959) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L. I. 2374).”

“The reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report convinces me beyond any reasonable doubt that I was not intended to exercise any independence as the Special Prosecutor in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and recovery of assets of corruption. My position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable,” Martin ABK Amidu’s letter said.

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