Lawyer Samson Lardy Reveals Critical Errors Issued By Martin Amidu With The Agyapa Royalties
A private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini has disclosed to the media with a report enhanced by myjoyghana that the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, committed some errors during the investigation of the Agyapa Royalties Agreement.
The lawyer disclosed that, Martin Amidu has his mistakes and sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that, because he was active member of the citizen vigilante, everything he does is good, everything he says is correct,” Samson Lardy Anyenini observed. “His approach of interpreting the law, with regards to the Agyapa. was absolutely wrong”
When Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice nominee appeared before the Appointments Committee, he suggested that the former Special Prosecutor was not mandated under law to present a copy of his assessment report on the Agyapa Royalties agreement to the president. He said this during his vetting by the Appointments Committee.
During his vetting, one of the Ranking members, Haruna Iddrisu asked him: “You are saying that the Special Prosecutor was not required to present the report to whom?”
“To the president,” He answered, adding that “he was not required to present the report to the president. I don’t see anywhere in ACT 959 that mandates the Special Prosecutor to present a copy of the report to the president.”
“He presented a copy of the report to the president and by doing so, he himself spelt out the rationale for enforcing it. His letter was written to the president and stated that, “whatever he did was to guide future actions,” the former Deputy Attorney General said.
Before the general election in 2020, Mr Amidu accomplished the corruption-risk assessment of the transaction and submitted a report to the president.
“The analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment was completed and signed by the Special Prosecutor on 15 October 2020.
“The Special Prosecutor in a letter with a reference number OSP/SCR/20/12/20 dated 16 October 2020 conveyed the conclusions and observations of the anti-corruption assessment to President Akufo-Addo and the Hon. Minister of Finance as a matter of courtesy before informing the public.”
“He enforced the importance of his Office and the freedom to discharge its anti-corruption mandate and keep the public informed. I have, therefore, decided to bring the facts of the conclusion of the anti-corruption assessment of the Agyapa Royalties Transactions by this Office to the attention of the public and to avoid the continued speculations on this matter,” he declared.
After submitting the report to the president, Mr Amidu announced his resignation from his post, citing interference by the president as one of the reasons.
He finally indicated that, “It is relevant to state for the purpose of the records, and contrary to public perceptions, that the appointment letter was received before the general election 2020
Meanwhile, the Deputy Special Prosecutor has not been paid any emoluments since the initial appointment, and there is the need to redress that situation due to the circumstances initiated eventually.