The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has expressed its disagreement with a recent court order that mandates the return of Cecilia Dapaah’s seized money.
An Accra High Court on Thursday (31 August) directed the OSP to return the funds and revoke the freeze on Dapaah’s Dollar and Cedi accounts within seven days.
However, the OSP, in a statement, has conveyed its respect for the court’s directive while also stating its disagreement due to perceived errors in the decision.
The OSP argues that the court’s calculation of the time limitation is flawed. It asserts that its searches of three private residences connected to Dapaah occurred over two weeks, with ongoing searches and discoveries during that time.
The OSP contends that its application was filed within the statutory timeframe, taking into account the entirety of the search and discovery process.
It furthered that its decision to freeze the accounts of former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, was not influenced by public sentiment. Instead, it was based on court processes related to a criminal case before the Circuit Court in Accra, where Dapaah is listed as the complainant.
The freezing order was implemented to aid the ongoing investigation as required by law, rather than solely being based on the investigation’s status, as suggested by the Court.
The OSP emphasized that thorough investigations were conducted to justify the freezing order, and the investigation is still ongoing.
The OSP’s investigation into Cecilia Dapaah revolves around allegations of corruption and corruption-related offences following the discovery of over $1 million in her possession.
Read the full statement of the OSP’s reaction to the court order below:
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH