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Cecilia Dapaah case: Money laundering element shows OSP has identified a new offence – Kpebu

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According to Martin Kpebu, a private legal practitioner, the introduction of a money laundering element in the case involving former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah indicates that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has identified a new offence against her.

The OSP has claimed that its investigations thus far show that the case involves money laundering, which is outside of its scope.

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On Saturday, January 20, Mr Kpebu remarked on TV3’s Key Points, “The case must now go to the Police and EOCO, and they will have to work on it together.”

He added “OSP by saying the case is money laundering means he has seen a new offence except that it is not corruption.”

The OSP had said it would, in due course, issue directives regarding the way forward on the Cecilia Dapaah case.

“The investigation shows that the case is largely in the province of suspected money laundering and structuring. By operation of law, there are other law enforcement agencies which are reposed with a direct mandate in respect of money laundering and structuring. On that score, the Special Prosecutor will issue directives and further action on the matter in due course,” portions of the second half-year report of the OSP dated December 29, 2023 read.

It should be noted that in July 2023, the Office launched an investigation into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences involving large sums of money (primarily in foreign denominations) and other valuable items involving Ms. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, a former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, and her spouse, Mr. Daniel Osei-Kufour.

The inquiry was primarily focused on finding the source(s) of the huge monetary quantities. The Office took numerous actions, including blocking Ms. Dapaah’s bank accounts and assets, as well as confiscating considerable sums from her and her spouse’s house

Following the High Court’s rejection to confirm the freezing and seizure orders, the Office re-seized the cash sums, re-froze the bank accounts and investments, and applied to the court again for confirmation in FT0074/2023. The Special Prosecutor vs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah and Daniel Osei-Kufour.

The inquiry became cross-border and transboundary in October 2023, after the assertion by the individuals of interest that a portion of the confiscated monetary quantities were transferred into the jurisdiction via the United States.

As a result, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States began working together with the OSP on the case. In October 2023, the Special Prosecutor reversed the freezing order in relation to five (5) bank accounts of Ms. Dapaah, which were eliminated from the focus of the investigation as no longer suspected to be tainted property.

 

 

 

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