Don’t draw us into your issues – Parliament denies Amidu’s sabotage allegations

Parliament has denied allegations by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu, that it is throwing a spanner in his works in prosecuting former Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga.

The legislature says it is not in any way sabotaging or obstructing the former Attorney General or any law enforcement agency in carrying out their mandate.

In a statement Wednesday, Parliament explained that its meeting with the Special Prosecutor was a follow up to a letter of him requesting the Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye to release the Bawku Central MP for prosecution. 

“Parliament, on May 31, 2019, wrote to the Special Prosecutor, recognising the role of the latter in the fight against corruption. Parliament invited the Special Prosecutor for further discussions on the matter.

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“According to the letter, the meeting was to “dialogue with your high office as to how your Office and the Court could be availed of Ayariga for arraignment before court with due regard to his privileges, the presumption of innocence and in a manner which will enable him to continue to efficiently perform his Parliamentary duties,” the statement said.

The legislative arm of government stated categorically that it co-operated with the Special Prosecutor during the investigation stage of the case in question.

“Indeed, Parliament has in the past, collaborated with other law enforcement agencies in similar matters as the Commissioner of Police and Director of the Criminal Investigation Department will testify. As the lawmaking arm of government, Parliament will under no circumstance attempt to break the Laws of Ghana.

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“The Special Prosecutor should not draw Parliament into his own issues at all,” Parliament said. 

– Joy Online

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