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OSP is not above the law – Cecilia Dapaah’s lawyer

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The lead attorney for the troubled former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah has expressed her displeasure with what she terms as the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s (OSP) “unethical behavior” in the case pertaining to suspected corruption involving her client.

This comes after the OSP asked the Chief Justice to remove Justice Edward Twum, the current judge, from the case.

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Justice Twum told the court during the hearing on Thursday that he had received a letter from the OSP asking Justice Gertrude Araba Sackey Torkornoo, the Chief Justice, to step down or recuse herself from the case.

Judge Twum postponed the case in light of the petition in order to await the Chief Justice’s ruling.

Victoria Barth, Madam Cecilia Dapaah’s attorney, was not amused by the development, nevertheless.

She criticized the OSP for failing to file an earlier complaint against the judge or the way he handled the matter.

Attorney Victoria Barth emphasized that the OSP’s petition was “a desperate attempt to avoid his own ill-fated application and a deliberate ploy to frustrate this morning’s hearing.”

“It is regrettable that this petition should come so late in the day when no prior invitation or complaint has been made regarding Your Lordship’s capacity, competence or integrity in dealing with this matter,” she added.

Once more, Cecilia Dapaah’s lead attorney charged that the OSP had failed to provide her client with the charge sheet in a correct manner.

According to her, “It did not have a summons or a return date, save in writing in blue ink 12th October, 2023. Nevertheless, accused and the counsel showed up in court this morning to deal with the ill-fated charge sheet.”

The lack of a prosecutor or attorney, in her opinion, “just because they have petitioned the Chief Justice in respect of the matter in which he had due notice and have even initiated,” is another reason why she was upset.

“As lawyers, we have an ethical duty to show respect to the court and to treat all persons we engage in the administration of justice fairly. The OSP is not above the law,” she added.

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to October 18.

 

 

 

 

 

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