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Bissue’s application against OSP holds - Lawyer clarifies


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Lawyers of the former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) Charles Bissue have debunked claims that an application against the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has failed. Lead counsel, Nana Agyei Baffour-Awuah intimated that the court has not refused any application brought before it on behalf of Mr Bissue, against the OSP.

Nana Agyei Baffour-Awuah was reacting to a publication by Citinewsroom.com, headlined; “Charles Bissue’s application to stop OSP from arresting him fails”. Mr Baffour-Awuah felt scandalized by such a malicious publication and wondered why the OSP would engage in such a falsehood.

The publication referenced a post on the Facebook page of the OSP that claimed; “Charles Bissue’s lawyer was unsuccessful in seeking the court to rescind its decision to have him cross-examined”.

But Mr Baffour-Awuah says that is untrue.

"That is not true. There has not been any such application asking that Mr Bissue should not be examined. Because there has been no such order by the court. Indeed, the OSP has made no such application to cross-examine Mr. Bissue. 

The OSP in its answer to Mr. Bissue's application prayed to examine the deponent to the Affidavit in Support of Mr. Bissue's Application. The court, at the last adjourned date, acceded to that prayer. However, following the filing of the AG's Affidavit in answer, I drew the court's attention to the redundancy of that direction and the court asked me to hold on and make the prayer at the next adjourned date when the hearing comes off. 

“The court, therefore, hasn't refused any such application. I don't know why the OSP will engage in such falsehood. Perhaps it is not receiving the right information from its agents after court. I was the one to be cross-examined and not Charles Bissue, I have not been well, and that is why I also asked for extra time to file my submission," Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah clarified. 

Currently, before the Human Rights court is an application for the enforcement of human rights of Charles Bissue. The court presided over by Justice Nicholas Mensah Abodakpi in the last adjourned date, ordered parties to the case to file their written submissions. 

The trial was supposed to begin on Monday 15 January 2024, with a screening of video evidence tendered in by the lawyers of Charles Bissue. This process however couldn’t be initiated. 

Counsel for Charles Bissue averted the minds of the court to its earlier directive and prayed for its reconsideration. 

The court has been adjourned to 1 February 2024.

source: Theannouncergh.com