General News of Mon, 13 Aug 201825
Let’s jail corrupt ex-presidents – Adei
Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, has urged Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu not to relent in his efforts in prosecuting persons found to have engaged in corruption.
According to Professor Adei, Mr Amidu should not hesitate to prosecute former presidents when they are found complicit in acts of corruption.
Speaking on 21 Minutes, Prof Adei stressed the need for some former presidents to be incarcerated after their three-year immunity expires.
He said: “If an MP or Minster is found to be corrupt, he cannot be said to be privileged, in fact, it has nothing to do with that. Even the presidents when they are corrupt, they have only three years when they get down not to be prosecuted, so, if you are a president and you ‘chop chop’, in three years if there is evidence, you’ll go to Nsawam and it’s high time some presidents went to Nsawam.
“What I’m saying is that: if there is evidence, thanks to Martin Amidu, if he finds something against a retired president, he should just prepare a dossier, three years when his immunity has expired, you catch them. The Special Prosecutor is not for me and the common man, it is for everybody.”
The Office of the Special Prosecutor was introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in fulfillment of his campaign promise to tackle corruption in Ghana.
The office is mandated to see to the investigation and prosecution of all corruption-related cases.