The High Court has deferred the hearing of an injunction application filed by Charles Bissue, the former Presidential Staffer and Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, as part of a writ to stop the Special Prosecutor from prosecuting him.
Instead, the court has decided to hear an application by Mr Bissue for discoveries.
The hearing for the motion of discovery has not yet been scheduled, as Mr Bissue claims that he has not been served with the Office of the Special Prosecutor's opposing affidavit.
On May 17, against the strong opposition of the OSP, the court ruled that it will not hear the injunction application until after Mr Bissue has moved his motion for discovery, which is set for June 12, 2023.
Background to the case:
In October 2022, the Office of the Special Prosecutor launched an investigation into Charles Bissue's involvement with the IMCIM following the release of an investigative documentary called “Galamsey Fraud Part I” by Tiger Eye P.I., which alleged the misuse of public office for personal gain.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor published a report in 2022, stating that it had completed its probe against Mr. Charles Bissue.
In December 2022, Mr Bissue filed a Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim against the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and Tiger Eye P.I., after the OSP announced in its Half-Yearly Report that it had concluded investigations into corruption allegations made by Tiger Eye P.I. & Anas.
In January 2023, Mr Bissue amended his writ.
He subsequently filed an injunction to prevent the OSP from further investigating and prosecuting him, and the OSP was given permission to file its statement of the case in opposition to the motion.
Despite several adjournments, Mr Bissue has not moved forward with the injunction application.
Recently, Mr Bissue filed a motion to disclose the petition filed by Anas against him, which has been met with opposition from the OSP.
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