Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has criticized his successor, Kissi Agyebeng, stating that he lacks the necessary skills and understanding required for the role of an investigator or prosecutor.
According to Amidu, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) was not intended to function as a corporate fisheries entity, indiscriminately catching suspects without proper grounds and then selectively deciding whom to pursue.
His comments came after the arrest and subsequent release on bail of former Environment Minister, Fimpong-Boateng, by the OSP.
Amidu's remarks have received widespread criticism, particularly from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
However, Agyebeng has defended his actions, emphasizing his responsibility to investigate corruption and recover assets for the country.
Amidu dismissed this defense, stating that Agyebeng's lack of experience in investigations and prosecutions has driven him to make unsubstantiated threats of investigating and prosecuting individuals solely based on suspicion of corruption offenses.
Amidu further explained that the ethics governing investigators and prosecutors do not allow them to intimidate citizens with threats of arrest and prosecution without specifying the alleged or suspected crimes committed.
He emphasized that the OSP's mandate is to investigate and prosecute specific cases of corruption and corruption-related offenses, and citizens have the right to know the specific offenses they are accused of.
In summary, Amidu believes that Agyebeng's approach lacks respect for citizens' rights and falls short of the constitutional guarantees of fair and impartial investigation and prosecution.
He argues that the Special Prosecutor cannot unilaterally decide when and how citizens' rights should be enjoyed based on the mandate of his office