Special Prosecutor nominee, Kissi Agyebeng will appear before Parliament’s Appointments Committee today, Thursday, July 22, to be vetted to lead the office of the Special Prosecutor.
If successful, he will be Ghana’s second Special Prosecutor, filling the vacancy created in the office since the resignation of the first Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu. He will also be expected to in accordance with the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) continue with the investigation and prosecution of corruption and corruption-related offences.
Vetting is scheduled to take place at 10:00 am in the Committee Rooms 1,2, and 3 of the New Administration Block of Parliament House.
Until his nomination for the office of the Special Prosecutor, Mr Agyebeng was a private legal practitioner, Managing partner at Cromwell Gray LLP Law Firm in Accra and the chair of the Electronic Communications Tribunal. He was also a Criminal Law lecturer at the University of Ghana Law Faculty.
Mr. Agyebeng was nominated by the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame and approved by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in accordance with Section 3 (3) of Act 959. Section 3 of the Act requires that a nominee to the position satisfy the following criteria:
(1) A person is not qualified for appointment as the Special Prosecutor if that person
(a) owes allegiance to a country other than Ghana;
(b) has been adjudged or otherwise declared
(i) bankrupt under any law in force in Ghana and has not been discharged; or
(ii) to be of unsound mind under any law in force in Ghana;
(c) has been convicted
(i) for high crime under the Constitution or high treason or treason or for an offence involving the security of the State, fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude;
(ii) for any other offence punishable by death or by a
sentence of not less than ten years; or
(d) has been found by the report of a commission or committee of inquiry to be incompetent to hold public office or is a person in respect of whom a commission or committee of inquiry has found that while being a public officer that person acquired assets unlawfully or defrauded the State or misused or abused the office of that person, or wilfully acted in a manner prejudicial to the interest of the State, and the findings have not been set aside on appeal or judicial review.
(2) In addition to the requirements specified in subsection (1), the Special Prosecutor shall.
(a) possess the relevant expertise on corruption and corruption-related matters;
(b) be of high moral character and proven integrity; and
(c) be a lawyer of at least twelve years standing at the Bar.