Don’t tempt me – Martin Amidu warns –

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Martin Amido

Former special prosecutor Martin Amido has warned against any attempt to defame him by forces he believes are linked to the government while trying to exercise restraint in any speech.

According to him, senior government officials, in an effort to project the newly appointed special prosecutor in a positive light, sought to pull his name into the mud.

In his last letter, he said, “By all means, let anyone encourage their preferred special prosecutor as a guarantee against prosecution of corruption in government, but leave me out of the publicity.”

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The anti-graft campaign advocate resigned from the OSP portfolio in November 2020, due to what he said was undue interference by President Akufo-Addo in the corruption risk assessment that was made in the Agyapa Royalty Agreement.

There was a flurry of heated correspondence between the presidency and Mr. Amido that sparked a public debate about how to create a special office to fight high-level graft, instead, to create a gap between the two.

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Months later, the prosecutor appointed the legal practitioner, Casey Ajibing, to take over the office.

In the last statement, Mr. Amido said that some of his followers had colluded with some media outlets to initiate a smear campaign as part of efforts to get the president to accept the new nomination by publishing “fabrications, lies and omissions against me in his account of the reasons for my resignation.”

In his defense, Martin Amedou said his apparent silence over the past few months was caused by a pledge to that effect, which has been lured in shame by the constant grumbling since the selection of a new candidate was leaked.

I respect my pledge not to comment on public matters. Stop tempting me to talk bad propaganda against me. “It will not be in anyone’s interest.”

The former special prosecutor also said he is interested in how the legal practitioner and president of the Electronic Communications Court, Casey Ajibing “independently and impartially” deals with some corruption cases when President Akufo-Addo and Parliament agree to head his old office.

In his view, this is due to the relationship between the candidate and the individuals / institutions involved in the suspected corruption act.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General clarified that the nomination was in line with Article 13 (8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, 2017 (Law 959), which states that “When the position of the Attorney General becomes vacant, the President must, within six months, Appointment of another eligible person for that portfolio. “


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