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Galamsey: We have investigated tens but number could run to hundreds – Special Prosecutor

Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has indicated his outfit has brought in tens of people for its investigations into corruption and corruption-related activities with regard to illegal mining also known as galamsey.

In an interview with JoyNews on Saturday monitored by The Independent Ghana, Mr Kissi Agyebeng noted that since galamsey is happening in significant parts of the country, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) will likely probe hundreds of people.

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In its investigations over illegal mining, the OSP has brought in former Environment Minister, Professor Frimpong-Boateng, who is being accused of being unable to account for some money spent by defunct- IMCIM.

His apprehension and subsequent release on bail did not sit well with some individuals including University of Ghana lecturer, Professor Gyampo, who says Prof Frimpong-Boateng was arrested without a charge.

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Also, Horace Ekow Ewusi, the former 1st Vice-Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region, and Seth Mantey, a journalist with Peace FM, were both arrested and questioned as part of the ongoing probe.

According to Mr Kissi Agyebeng, he does not have the luxury of treating people accused of engaging in unlawful acts as saints.

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Currently, persons directed to come to the OSP as part of investigations are considered suspects, the Special Prosecutor said.

Source: The Independent Ghana

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