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Parliament denies Amidu’s sabotage allegations

Parliament has denied allegations by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu, that it is deliberately twarting his efforts to prosecute former Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga.

The Law-making body says it is in no way obstructing or sabotaging the Special Prosecutor or any law enforcement agency in carrying out their mandate.

In a statement Wednesday, Parliament explained that its meeting with the Special Prosecutor was a follow up to a letter of him requesting the Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye to release the Bawku Central MP for prosecution.

Parliament, on May 31, 2019, wrote to the Special Prosecutor, recognising the role of the latter in the fight against corruption. Parliament invited the Special Prosecutor for further discussions on the matter.

“According to the letter, the meeting was to “dialogue with your high office as to how your Office and the Court could be availed of Ayariga for arraignment before court with due regard to his privileges, the presumption of innocence and in a manner which will enable him to continue to efficiently perform his Parliamentary duties,” the statement said.

Parliament emphasized that it co-operated with the Special Prosecutor during the investigation stage of Mr Ayariga’s case

“Indeed, Parliament has in the past, collaborated with other law enforcement agencies in similar matters as the Commissioner of Police and Director of the Criminal Investigation Department will testify. As the lawmaking arm of government, Parliament will under no circumstance attempt to break the Laws of Ghana.

“The Special Prosecutor should not draw Parliament into his own issues at all,” Parliament said.

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