Emile Short supports Special Prosecutor’s office

Justice Short

Justice Short

Justice Emile Short, the first Commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) believes there are competent hands in the country to be made special prosecutors to deal with political and economic corruption in the country.

According to Mr Short, if only the office of the Special Prosecutor will be truly independent and would not suffer interference from the Attorney General’s Department, then he is optimistic it would execute its core mandate exceptionally.

While hoping that it did not end up becoming like one of those state institutions that have over time lost its significance, he expressed hope that the President would use due process to establish this important wing of governance.

President Nana Akufo Danquah Akufo-Addo’s resolve to create an office of Special Prosecutor in the country’s public space is to ensure accountability.

The Special Prosecutor, the President explained would be tasked to fight against corruption adding that persons who would serve in this special office would not be chosen by the President but “by a formula that will ensure their independence and the capacity to do their work”.

In an interview yesterday Justice Short said the idea was achievable but it could only be done by an Act of Parliament or a constitutional instrument stating that government has sufficient majority in Parliament to see this legislative instrument through.

“It is possible to establish such an office and get competent persons to run it. It all depends on the political will of the government to have a special prosecutor to deal with economic crime.
I hoped the Attorney General should not interfere with the independent prosecutor because undue interference in its work will affect what is sort to be achieved.”

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