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Martin Amidu: ‘I’m still investigating Charles Bissue’

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The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.A. Amidu says he is still investigating Mr Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue, the former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining (IMCIM) over corruption allegations in spite of the fact that Mr Bissue is said to have been exonerated from all corruption allegations by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

According to him, his office has not yet cleared Mr Bissue of corruption allegations brought against him by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye P.I.

Mr Bissue was captured in a documentary that Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye P.I produced on the menace of illegal mining in Ghana.

In the documentary, Mr Bissue was seen allegedly taking money to help an unlicensed company to circumvent laid down processes to be given clearance for its mining operations.

The documentary also captured other people tasked with the responsibility to help the state to fight galamsey (illegal mining) allegedly circumventing the very duty they were entrusted with.

Reacting to news reports on Accra-based FM Station on Monday morning, July 22, 2019, that Mr Bissue has been cleared of all corruption allegations in the said documentary by the CID, Mr Amidu said the police has no jurisdiction to clear Mr Bissue and his other colleague, one Andy Owusu of corruption charges.

He explained that Anas and his team petitioned his office in February this year, following the release of the documentary in which his office replied the petition in the same month and assured Anas and his team that his office would take the matter up.

Mr Amidu added that his office commenced investigations, but before he could invite the suspects, Mr Bissue and Andy Owusu, he read a report in the media in which Mr Bissue claimed he was being investigated by the CID and that his complainant should go to the CID to make his case.

“I read a newspaper publication in which Charles Bissue said that the CID was investigating his case and that the complainant should go there and make their evidence,” he said.

 

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