Counsel for former Presidential staffer Charles Bissue, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah, is seeking for the investigation and prosecution of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In a amendment filed by the plaintiff, Charles Bissue argues that Anas Aremeyaw Anas must be investigated and prosecuted based on claims made in a 2019 documentary; “Galamsey Fraud Part 1”.
According to Counsel for the plaintiff, a proper interpretation of the act 959 of the Office of the Special prosecutor act requires of him to investigate investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
“upon a true and proper interpretation of Act 959 (Office of the Special Prosecutor Act), the 1st Defendant Office (Office of the Special Prosecutor) cannot investigate and prosecute the plaintiff without investigating and prosecuting the 2nd (Anas Aremeyaw Anas) and 3rd (Tiger Eye P.I) Defendants”.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, according to sources and per the intent of the writ is to be investigated for his claims of having offered a bribe to influence a public officer and slanderous publication.
The basis for this action is that the plaintiff, Charles Bissue refutes the claim by Anas Aremeyaw Anas of having made any demand for money as a bribe nor compromised on his duty and national effort in fighting the illegal mining menace.
This amendment firms up an earlier writ filed by the plaintiff praying the court to restrain the Office of the Special Prosecutor from investigating the purported “Galamsey Fraud Part 1” exposé published by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Counsel for the plaintiff argues that once the Police had concluded their investigation into the purported corruption documentary, any investigation and prosecution of the same matter would amount to a review of the investigation and findings already done by the Police.
The amendment also seeks a declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Act 959, the Office of the Special Prosecutor has no power to review the investigations and findings of the Police, and subsequently prosecute the matter.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor in its semi-annual report indicated that the office has concluded its investigations into the matter as petitioned by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and will be seeking direction in respect of prosecuting Mr. Bissue.
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