Office of Special Prosecutor to release findings of three cases under investigation soon

Office of Special Prosecutor to release findings of three cases under investigation soon

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has indicated that three out of the 45 corruption cases under investigation would be released soon.

The three investigative findings to be released in the coming weeks include the conflict of interest case against Public Procurement Authority (PPA), the LaBianca and some former high-ranking officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority’s Customs Division and the alleged corruption case during the nomination of the Chief Executive of the Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region.

A statement said, the Special Prosecutor’s Office “is currently investigating forty-five (45) cases of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences. The OSP will announce, in the next few weeks, its conclusion (s) and further action in the following [three] cases”.

The three cases involve alleged tax evasion by high-ranking officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority’s Customs Division and the La Bianca Company on frozen and processed food products, abuse of office by a former Chief Executive of the Public Procurement Authority, and corruption during the nomination of the Chief Executive of the Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region.

There is presently no case pending in the courts that was started by the OSP. Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor, has stated from the start that his office will begin prosecuting strong cases in court.

“The OSP has completed a review of all the alleged cases of corruption and corruption-related offences before it… And it will in due course commence the prosecution in the courts of the cases it considers probatively strong.”

Further, the statement added that the OSP will begin assessing the danger of corruption in all key government contracts and legislation beginning in 2020.

“[We’ll carry out] an Anti-corruption risk assessment and review from January 2020 of all major public contracts, legislations, and draft legislation. This is intended to avoid toxic deals and the prevalence of judgment debts and arbitration awards,” he noted.

Source: Richard Mensah Adonu | Join our Telegram Group

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