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10.06.2019 General News

You Can't Prosecute Me—Ayariga Challenges Amidu

By Staff Writer
Lawyers for Mahama Ayariga argue that Mr. Martin Amidu was above 65-years as at the time he was nominated and approved as Special Prosecutor.
JUN 10, 2019 GENERAL NEWS
Lawyers for Mahama Ayariga argue that Mr. Martin Amidu was above 65-years as at the time he was nominated and approved as Special Prosecutor.

A member of his legal team, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, in an interview with JoyNews, explained the reasoning behind their latest move.

“We have raised issues about the capacity and the qualification of the Special Prosecutor, we have also raised an issue about the remit of the Special Prosecutor [relating to] the kind of offences that he can investigate.

“The maker of the law [Parliament] stated that he can only investigate corruption and corruption-related offences. We are saying that the case that the offences that he has brought against our client [Mahama Ayariga] do not fall within the remits of the Special Prosecutor,” he argued.

Ayariga’s lawyers are hoping for a favourable decision on Monday, June 17 when the court rules on their application, he added.

Read also: Judge’s decision on indemnity plea smacks of contempt – Ayariga's lawyer

Background:

Mr Ayariga had earlier written to the Special Prosecutor saying he will be unable to show up in court due to parliamentary proceedings. His lawyer, Godwin Tamakloe last week told the court that Mr Ayariga was unavailable.

But Justice Afia Botwe said the case could not progress without the MP, handing the lawyers up until 1 pm to ensure he was present.

The MP showed up in court 10 minutes to the 1 pm deadline with his lawyers presenting a certificate issued by the speaker of parliament informing the court that, the MP had parliamentary work.

Justice Botwe, however, rejected the Speaker’s Certificate on the grounds that it was not tenable since Mr.Ayariga was not a witness of the court neither were state prosecutors attempting to serve him with a court process.

She held that he had been duly charged and served and will, therefore, have no excuse not to show up in court whenever he is needed.

—Myjoyonline

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