The Attorney General and Minister of Justice have provided justification for their decision to not suggest that any of the individuals included in Professor Frimpong-Boateng’s galamsey report be prosecuted.
According to Godfred Yenoah Dame, it would be extremely unfair to prosecute somebody without any supporting evidence.
“The work we did was an analysis of the allegation made against the individuals in the report, and there was only one conclusion, so we couldn’t keep the matter hanging,” he explained.
Speaking on Thursday on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen program, Mr. Dame emphasized that the government is dedicated to combating galamsey and will not provide protection to anybody who is determined to be at fault.
He did, however, emphasize that the prosecution of such individuals must adhere to due process.
“Prosecution is always on the back of proper evidence and due process so it will be the height of injustice if we decide to prosecute these people,” he said.
The Minister’s remarks follow a 36-page paper titled “Report on the work of IMCIM so far and the way forward”, which was written by the former Environment Minister.
The identities of government officials, according to Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, the previous chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), who obstructed his attempts to combat the threat, were named.
Certain individuals named in the report denied any role in the galamsey incident and filed lawsuits, despite his declaration that he stands by everything in it.
After reviewing the report, the Attorney General requested that the police release all of the individuals listed, with the exception of three who are still being investigated, as the information is completely false.
Sammy Gyamfi, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Communications Officer, is enraged by this move and has said that Mr. Dame is not interested in bringing charges against public servants who commit corruption-related offenses.
He believes that the AG’s assessment of the Galamsey report is yet another effort by NPP members and government officials to conceal blatant instances of corruption.