10:06, 14.Nov 2018
Government has laid a Legislative Instrument (L.I.) before parliament to provide legal backing to the operations of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul laid the documents on behalf of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
The two papers laid on Monday, 26 November 2018, are the Office of the Special Prosecutor Regulations, 2018 and Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations 2018.
Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye subsequently referred the LI to the Subsidiary Legislation committee of Parliament to consider and report accordingly.
The L.I. will give effect and make the office of the Special Prosecutor functional.
The L.I. will also set out the procedure for reporting corruption to the Special Prosecutor, and how corruption-related cases should be handled.
This Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, had said complained that the lack of the L.I. and enough resources was making him ineffective.
In the 2019 budget presentation, the Finance Minister announced an allocation of GHS180 million for the office.