Special Prosecutor nominee Kissi Agyebeng to be ”grilled” by Parliament today

Special Prosecutor nominee, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng is scheduled to be vetted by Parliament’s Appointments Committee today, Thursday, July 22, 2021.

The vetting process chaired by Chairman Joseph Osei Owusu is scheduled for 10 am at Parliament’s Committee rooms 1, 2&3 on the new administration block.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated Mr. Agyebeng; a law lecturer and private legal practitioner as a replacement for Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020

The President, under section 13(8) of the Office of Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), is required to appoint a replacement within six months of the position becoming vacant.

Mr Agyebeng’s nomination was, however, not free from criticism. Tamale Central MP, Murtala Mohammed, stated that Mr Agyebeng’s works will be politically influenced due to the relationship he shares with some bigwigs in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Despite the concerns, President Akufo-Addo deems Mr Kissi Agyebeng as eminently qualified to become Special Prosecutor.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offences pertaining to public officers, politically exposed persons, and persons in the private sector.

Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the Office of the Special Prosecutor the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offences upon referral from public bodies such as the Attorney General’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, as well as Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada, and Cornell Law School, USA.

He has, since 2006, been teaching Criminal Law at the University of Ghana, whilst engaging in private law practice.

 

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