Suit filed to restrain parliament from probing Cecilia Dapaah case

He argues that the Speaker of Parliament or the House has no authority to direct the Attorney General to investigate or prosecute an alleged criminal case.

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Private legal practitioner, Derick Adu-Gyamfi, has filed a suit at the Supreme Court, seeking an order to restrain parliament from probing the Cecilia Dapaah case.

He argues that the Speaker of Parliament or the House has no authority to direct the Attorney General to investigate or prosecute an alleged criminal case.

The OSP, which was in charge of the investigation of the Cecilia Dapaah case, withdrew from it and referred the same to EOCO to deal with the money laundering bit.

Thus, upon a request for advice, the AG noted that the Office of the Special Prosecutor's request to EOCO to investigate Madam Cecilia Dapaah for the offense of money laundering ‘is without basis.’

Following this, a group of 100 citizens, including former Auditor General Daniel Yaw Domelovo and consisting of Dr. Adam Bonaa, Justice Abdulai, and Martin Kpebu, petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to probe the conduct of EOCO in the case.

According to them, there is ample evidence on the matter, coupled with a docket that contains over twenty (20) witness statements, and thus doubtful that EOCO can comprehend the details of the docket.

However, the plaintiff per the suit filed on June 4, alleges that parliament has no authority to direct or compel EOCO to investigate or prosecute the case.

Also, he adds that Parliament has no authority to question or interfere in the Attorney General’s investigation.

Lawyer Adu-Gyamfi is thus seeking a consequential order restraining the Speaker of Parliament from interfering with the exercise of the Attorney General’s mandate.