Court to rule on OSP-Cecilia Dapaah account freeze case on August 31

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) asked the Financial Division of the Accra High Court to confirm the order freezing the bank accounts of the former sanitation minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah. On Thursday, August 31, the Financial Division will rule on the issue.

On Thursday, August 17, the case was moved in court.

After judicial procedures at an Accra Circuit Court revealed that around $1 million, €300,000, and some millions were gone from Madam Abena Dapaah's residence, the OSP launched investigations into corruption and corruption-related offenses against her.

The Special Prosecutor ordered a full investigation into corruption and corruption-related offenses involving the respondent "based on the entirety of the criminal intelligence gathered by the OSP and the fact that large sums of money were physically stashed at the residences of the respondent approximately between July and October 2022, as the circumstances reasonably indicated to the OSP that the source of the cash sums stated as belonging to the respondent (a public officer at the time) parts of OSP's writ dated Tuesday, August 8 said that The Republic v. Patience Botwe & Three Ors. was suspicious and that the monetary sums were suspected tainted property as being profits from corruption and corruption-related offenses.

So, a search was conducted in three of the former Bantama Member of Parliament (MP)'s homes, and at her Abelemkpe home, $590,000 and GH2.73 million were found.

According to section 32(1) of the Act 959, "Authorized officers of the OSP seized the discovered cash sums on reasonable suspicion that they were suspected tainted property as it was necessary to exercise the power of seizure to prevent concealment of the cash sums."

In accordance with section 38(1) of Act 959 and regulation 19(1) of LI 2374, the OSP subsequently issued a freezing order against the investments and bank accounts of Madam Abena Dapaah at Prudential Bank and Societe Generale Bank.

However, it requested that the Court confirm the order; a decision is expected on Thursday, August 31.

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