Chief Justice throws out petition for OSP’s removal

The Chief Justice, Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo has dismissed a petition seeking the removal of Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor from office.

In a letter dated April 30, 2024, Martin Amidu requested President Akufo-Addo to dismiss Agyebeng, and the petition was subsequently forwarded to Justice Torkornoo on May 6, 2024.

However, the Chief Justice found the petition to be lacking in merit, leading to its dismissal.

Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor, alleged serious malfeasance in his petition, including procurement breaches in the purchase of vehicles for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and egregious abuses of power involving judges and the administration of justice, which he claimed warranted the removal of Kissi Agyebeng from office.

But the Chief Justice found that the petition submitted by Martin Amidu failed to provide sufficient evidence and legal grounds to support the allegations, and therefore did not meet the required threshold to establish a prima facie case for the removal of Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor.

The Chief Justice concluded that the petition lacked the necessary factual and legal foundation to warrant further investigation or action.

Martin Amidu confirming the decision of the Chief Justice stated, “I have today received a one-page letter from the Presidency with reference number OSP 307/24/659 dated 2 July 2024 notifying me that: “…. the Honourable Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, has submitted her review of the existence or absence of a prima facie case with respect to your petition.

“I was then informed that: “In accordance with section 15 (3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017, the Chief Justice determined that the factual and legal foundation of the petition fall short of the standard required to establish a prima facie case for the removal of the Special Prosecutor,” a piece allegedly written by Mr Amidu said.

Source: Citinewsroom

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