Confirmed: Kissi Agyabeng is Ghana’s new Special Prosecutor, parliament approves

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Confirmed: Kissi Agyabeng is Ghana's new Special Prosecutor, parliament approves

Parliament has approved the nomination of Kissi Agyebeng for the position of Special Prosecutor, Citi news reports.

His approval follows a recommendation by the Appointments Committee, barely an hour after his vetting by members of the Committee last week.

The private legal practitioner would be replacing Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020.

The First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu, in announcing the decision of the house said “The motion is adopted, Mr Kissi Agyebeng has been confirmed as a nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor.”

Brief Biography Of Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyabeng

Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, as well as, Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada, and Cornell Law School, USA.

He has, since 2006, been teaching Criminal Law at the University of Ghana, whilst engaging in private law practice.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offences as pertaining to public officers, politically exposed persons, and persons in the private sector alleged to have been involved in any corruption and corruption-related offences.

Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the Office of the Special Prosecutor the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offences upon referral from public bodies such as the Attorney General’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

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