It appears to a private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu that all is not lost for the State to open another investigation into the allegation of influ
It appears to a private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu that all is not lost for the State to open another investigation into the allegation of influence peddling against former Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen in the future.
According to Lawyer Kpebu, who is shocked and also disbelieves that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), has cleared Mr. Charles Adu Boahen’s of those corruption allegations.
“In the first place, the OSP report itself makes it clear that they are not closing the docket, so, in the future, it can be reopened, or if further evidence is discovered, they can be considered the same, and then they could be charged.
“So, it’s not been closed; it was explicitly stated in the report that that is not the end of the matter, but they are just closing it for now.” Kapital Online Team understands from the astute Lawyer interview on Accra-based TV 3.
He, however, admonished the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to take a second look into the matter since the allegation against Mr. Adu Boahen, in a broader sense, constitutes corruption, considering its common definition.
“When you look at the common definition of corruption being using public office for private gains, you would see that from the findings made by the OSP, Charles Adu Boahen took $40,000. If you multiply that, you get the minimum of GH¢500, 000. What for, to be able to help facilitate the meetings, etc., if that is not corruption, I don’t know what will qualify as corruption. So, that particular part is influence peddling, and so it is not corruption. I am struggling to understand it.
“It is influence peddling, but that does not mean it is the only characterization to be given to it. Let’s use the ordinary meaning of corruption, which is that a public servant uses his office for private gain. Adu Boahen was not given the money because he was Adu Boahen, but because of where he is placed as a political appointee, and he is paid from the consolidated fund, he being a public officer is not in doubt,” he said.
The OSP has cleared the former minister of state at the Ministry of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, of the allegation of Influence Peddling, a term used by a person of power or influence on someone else’s behalf in return for money or favours.
Kapital Online Team //2023