Review appointment of state prosecutors

Joe GharteyThe Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Ghartey, has called on government to reform the Attorney General’s Department (A-G) by urgently reviewing the process of appointing state prosecutors, saying that the state has failed in winning its many court cases.

The former Attorney General believed the current system where the right to prosecute is given to institutions like the Police and not individuals is problematic.

Speaking at a symposium on the “Justice for all” Programme, organised by Help Law Ghana, Mr Ghartey claimed that some police personnel with political affiliation “get transferred to the politician position, then becomes prosecutors”, explaining that such development does not help the state.

State prosecutors have been criticised for losing major government cases which some say undermines the justice delivery system in the country.

Recently, the acquittal and discharge of Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a businessman, involved in the Gh¢51 million judgement case, by an Accra high court, has deepened the criticism against the AG.

Before giving his judgment on the case, presiding Judge, Justice Ajet-Nasam, questioned why the state prosecutors failed to invite key witnesses to testify.

Although the Supreme Court had ordered Woyome to refund the money, the state charged him with causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretense.

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