Former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Bissue, has filed a suit to stop the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) from prosecuting him.
This is the second attempt by Mr. Bissue to stop the Special Prosecutor from investigating him over suspected corruption and corruption-related offences involving a public officer.
The lawsuit stems from an ongoing investigation by the Special Prosecutor into alleged corruption within the IMCIM, specifically involving its Chairman, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng.
In a letter received by Mr. Bissue from the OSP, he was informed that he is considered a necessary person for the investigation and was demanded to appear for an interview.
It will be recalled that in December 2022, Mr. Bissue commenced legal proceedings by issuing a Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim against the OSP and two others after the OSP announced in its Half-Yearly Report that it had concluded investigations into corruption allegations against Mr. Bissue made by Tiger Eye P.I. and Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
But Mr. Bissue, in his latest attempt insists an investigation cannot be launched when a copy of the petition forming the basis of the investigation has not been given to him.
He is therefore seeking a declaration from the court that upon a true interpretation of the OSP Act, 2017 (Act 959), the OSP does not have the power to review an investigation done by the police.
Also, he wants the court to declare that the OSP cannot investigate him without investigating Tiger Eye P.I. and Anas, the investigative journalist.
Mr Bissue also wants an order perpetually restraining the OSP from investigating him over the same issue investigated by the police, unless the police refer the matter to the OSP.