The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OPS) has announced that about 45 cases of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences are currently under investigation.
A statement from Office said the Special Prosecutor would take further action on three out of the 45 cases being investigated in the next few weeks.
“The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) is currently investigating forty-five (45) cases of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences. The OSP will announce, in the next few weeks, its conclusion(s) and further action in the following [three] cases,” the statement said.
The statement explained that the three cases border on alleged evasion of tax on frozen and processed food products by high ranking officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the La Bianca Company.
Others involve abuse of office by a former Chief Executive of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and a corruption case alleged to have been committed in the aftermath of the nomination of Chief Executive of the Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region.
The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, had early on indicated that his office would in due course begin the prosecution of strong cases in the court.
“The OSP has completed a review of all the alleged cases of corruption and corruption-related offences before it… And it will in due course commence the prosecution in the courts of the cases it considers probatively strong,” Mr Agyebeng said in a statement.
He further indicated that the OSP would soon begin carrying out corruption risk assessments on all major government contracts and legislations dating back to 2020.
“We will carry out an anti-corruption risk assessment and review from January 2020 of all major public contracts, legislations and draft legislations. This is intended to avoid toxic deals and the prevalence of judgment debts and arbitration awards,” he stressed.