‘Special Prosecutor must be fair’

Office of the Special Prosecutor will not be described as a witch-hunting unit by political opponents if the prosecutor has credibility in the eyes of all the political parties and the general public, a former Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short, has said.

According to him, whoever will be appointed to occupy that office must demonstrate his/her independence and desist from being directed by any other person or entity in order to build trust and confidence among the Ghanaian public.

The Special Prosecutor Bill which was sent to Parliament by the Attorney-General for consideration has been withdrawn, following issues raised by the minority in Parliament.

The bill forms part of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s fight against corruption in the public sector.

But speaking on Accra 100.5FM yesterday Mr Justice Short said: “This fear will not come if the person to be appointed is very independent-minded and not influenced or directed by the AG or the government, and, so, all will depend on the person to be appointed.

“If the person has credibility in the eyes of all the parties and public, every prosecution that will be done will not be questioned.”

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