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CHARLES BISSUE PRAYS TO COURT TO RESTRAIN SPECIAL PROSECUTOR KISI ADJABENG

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The Office of the Special Prosecutor was in court yesterday praying to be granted the opportunity to present convincing evidence against Mr. Charles Bissue at a later date.

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This follows a suit by Mr. Bissue for the OSP to be restrained from proceeding to further investigate him, since the matter has been conclusively investigated by the police.

The former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Bissue seeking to injunct the OSP. The latest move by the Special Prosecutor is considered by the lawyers of Charles Bissue as a trick to delay the case, and further harass their client.

Charles Tissue is praying the court restrain the Special Prosecutor and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) from investigating him over the alleged bribe as published by Anas Aremeyaw Anas in the “Galamsey Fraud Part 1” documentary. He had earlier disclosed an intimidation tactic deployed by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng, ever since he had an altercation with Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The case has been dormant since the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu resigned. 

Mr. Bissue has filed petitions at the OSP on two occasions seeking an update on the matter but to no avail. Kissi Adjabeng only surfaced claiming to re-open investigations just after a banter erupted between Charles Bissue and Anas Aremeyaw Anas in October 2022. 

Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah Esq, la lawyer for Mr. Bissue argues the Special Prosecutor’s intended investigation into the matter would amount to a review of the case which had already been investigated by the Police in 2019. He further said that the Special Prosecutor and Office of the Special Prosecutor had no powers as per Act 959 to review the investigation and prosecute Mr. Bissue in a matter already investigated by the police.

The suspicion remains that Kissi Adjabeng who is a partner of Anas Aremeyaw Anas at Cromwell and Gray LLP, and a former lawyer of the latter could be compromised in pursuing this matter.

It was not surprising when the Special Prosecutor threatened an Interpol Red Notice and extradition on Charles Bissue in December 2022 when he requested to be excused to honour an invitation from the OSP in January 2023. Following the suit as filed by Charles Bissue, the Special Prosecutor conspicuously announced he had concluded its investigations and was ready to prosecute him.

It was rather strange in court the OSP could not file its evidence but rather prayed to do that at a later date. This, in the considered view of critics, smacks of mischief, as the OSP seems to delay the granting of the injunction so they could affect their agenda against Mr. Bissue.

From the look of things, this is a “power-play” on the part of Kissi Adjabeng given the legal action Mr. Bissue had taken. 

 

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