Charles Bissue, a former secretary for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), has been designated as sought by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
This statement is in response to Mr. Bissue’s inability to show up in response to the Special Prosecutor’s request to do so in order to appear and reply to inquiries about the ongoing inquiry into alleged corruption inside the disbanded IMCIM.
Recently, Mr. Bissue filed a petition with the High Court in Accra in an effort to stop the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) from bringing charges against him. In reaction to the ongoing Special Prosecutor investigation into allegations of corruption involving Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, the Chairman of the IMCIM, this legal action was taken.
Mr. Bissue stated in the writ that he had received a letter from the Office of the Special Prosecutor stating that they believed him to be a necessary person for the investigation and wanted to speak with him.
But he did not accept the Special Prosecutor’s invitation.
After learning that the OSP had finished its inquiries into the allegations of corruption made against Mr. Bissue by Anas and Tiger Eye P.I. in its Half-Yearly Report, Mr. Bissue started legal action by releasing a Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim against the OSP and two other parties in December 2022.
Mr. Bissue revised the writ and then filed an injunction in January 2023 to stop the OSP from looking into and pursuing him any further. The ability to submit a statement of contention opposing the Motion on behalf of the Office of the Special Prosecutor was granted.
Mr. Bissue hasn’t done anything about the injunction application, despite many adjournments in the proceedings.
The Special Prosecutor’s Office has issued a wanted warrant for Mr. Bissue because they believe his refusal to accept the invitation has seriously hampered their ability to conduct an investigation.