It is most regrettable to accuse me of influence peddling-Prez to Amidu

Executive Secretary to President Akufo-Addo lawyer Nana Asante Bediatuo has chided former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu for accusing President Akufo-Addo of be4ing a judge in his own case.

In a detailed response to the claims made by Martin Amidu, he described the accusation as the unkindest cut of all the claims he made in his letter to the president.

The response follows claims by Martin Amidu that the president wanted him to shelve the report on Agyapa.

Amidu in his resignation letter said: “I again asserted that I was not going to bargain over the independence of my functions as the Special Prosecutor. I refused to take the copy of the alleged comments from the Minister of Finance you offered me as that would have compromised my independence as the Special Prosecutor. I also refused to shelve my report to enable you to handle the matter which explains my press release to the public on this morning of 24 November 2020 and the follow-up with the distribution of the full sixty-four (64) page Agyapa Royalties Transactions anti-corruption assessment report to the public, unbeknown to you that I had published the fall sixty-four (64) page report to the public you caused a press statement to be made based on my letter dated 16 October 2020 to you under reference which sought to politicize and downplay the seriousness of the professional analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment reported by my Office,” Amidu said in the letter dated November 16, 2020.”

But in the response, the Executive Secretary said the statement by Martin Amidu was regrettable.

”Finally, you also accuse the President of being a judge in his own cause. This is the unkindest cut of all. You did not and have not alleged that the President is, or could be, the subject of adverse findings or investigations arising from your assessment report of the Agyapa transaction. It beggars belief, therefore, that you would insinuate that the President, has, himself, something to hide and thus seeks to be “a judge in his own cause”. As a lawyer of many years’ standing, there is no doubt that you know that if one is not a party to or have an interest in a matter, one simply cannot be described as a judge in his own cause. That statement is most regrettable.”


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