According to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), even without judicial warrants, it is within its authority to detain those who are thought to be involved in corrupt activities within public entities.
The OSP stated that it gets these rights from its function as a law enforcement organisation in a tweet sent out on June 15, 2023, on Thursday.
The tweet had passages that said, “The general public is advised, that in the exercise of its police powers, the Office of the Special Prosecutor may arrest without a warrant, any person it reasonably suspects of having committed corruption or corruption-related offences.”
The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM)’s former secretary, Charles Bissue, was not to be arrested, according to a court order, which prompted the OSP to issue a statement.
Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah, the counsel for Charles Bissue, asserts that the order was issued by Accra’s Human Rights Court 2, which is presided over by Justice Nicholas MC Abodakpi. The OSP is not permitted to publish a Charles Bissue wanted poster as a result of the injunction.
According to lawyer Baffuor, the injunction was issued after the trials on June 15, 2023, and it would last for 10 days.
In response to a plea from Charles Bissue’s counsel, Human Rights Court 2 Judge Nicholas MC Abodakpi issued an order for an interim injunction banning the Office of the Special Prosecutor, its representatives, assignee, and/or anybody claiming through it from:
Executing the arrest warrant that it claims to have obtained; requesting further arrest warrants while the main issue is being resolved; and publishing notifications claiming the applicant is sought while the main issue is being resolved.
The trial was also postponed, he continued, until Thursday, June 22, 2023 by the court.