The lawyer representing Charles Bissue, the former Secretary to the Inter Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, has accused the Special Prosecutor of practicing selective justice.
The lawyer, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah Esq., claims that the Special Prosecutor has failed to probe investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas regarding allegations made in the 2019 Galamsey Fraud Part 1 documentary.
According to Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah Esq., when Charles Bissue was invited for investigation by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), they requested to see the petition that prompted the investigation. However, the OSP has refused to fulfill this request.
The lawyer finds it perplexing that the Special Prosecutor is investigating Charles Bissue without involving Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who was responsible for airing the documentary. Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah Esq. views this as an irrational approach.
“Mr Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor wrote an article and stated in there that apparently the Special Prosecutor Mr Kissi Adjabeng is the one who wrote the petition invoking the powers of the Special Prosecutor, and indeed he was also investigating Anas while he was in office in respect of this matter.
“And so, it is the current Special Prosecutor who then has decided not to investigate Anas in this matter. That then raised some curiosity necessitating the instant application to bring to the court’s attention to the effect that indeed it would be irrational for the Special Prosecutor to continue with its investigation and or prosecution of Mr Charles Bissue,” he said.
He indicated that the Special Prosecutor has on two occasions refused to provide the court with the petition that Anas Aremeyaw Anas filed invoking the powers of the OSP to investigate and prosecute Mr Bissue.
“Prior to the filing of this suit, we made a request for the petition that necessitated the investigation. On two occasions, we’ve made that request and the Special Prosecutor has refused to make that petition available to us.
“We thought that they were all leading to a certain conclusion or they were suggestive,” he argued.
The case has been adjourned to June 12, 2023 for the hearing of the motion for discovery, and the substantive suit which is seeking to restrain the OSP from investigating and prosecuting Mr Charles Bissue.