The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has petitioned Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo to remove the presiding judge from the case after accusing him of bias in the ongoing legal dispute between the OSP and former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah.
According to the OSP, Justice Edward Twum has a strong bias against the OSP and the Special Prosecutor, and if he continues to preside over hearings, they cannot be certain that they will receive an impartial trial.
The OSP claimed it would be unreasonable to expect it and its officials to take part in hearings before the aforementioned judge in response to the CJ’s petition.
The anti-corruption agency plans to file a request with the court asking it to uphold its decision to freeze Cecilia Dapaah‘s bank accounts and confiscate about 2.8 million cedis and 590,000 dollars that were found in her home.
The OSP claims that it has grounds for suspicion that the in question assets are tainted assets.
This comes after the court on Wednesday agreed to the attorneys for Cecilia Dapaah’s request to move the confirmation hearing from its original time of 10/18 to a much earlier time of 10/12/2023.
Following a public outcry in July over claims in court documents that Cecilia Dapaah had kept $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Cedis in her home that were stolen by her domestic staff and subsequently arrested and brought before a court, Cecilia Dapaah got into trouble with the OSP.
Her assets and bank accounts have been frozen while the investigations are still ongoing, and she has been fighting the OSP in court alongside her husband, who is also under investigation.
Meanwhile, in the United States of America, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, a former minister of sanitation, and her associates are the subject of concurrent investigations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On Wednesday, the OSP indicated in a post on “X,” formerly Twitter, that “These investigations primarily focus on examining their assets and financial transactions within the United States of America.”