High court orders OSP to file a statement of the case in Charles Bissue’s case within 14 days

The has directed the () to submit its statement of case within 14 days regarding its legal battle with Charles Bissue, the former Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on (IMCIM).

The OSP failed for the second time to file its statement of the case in a suit filed by Bissue against it.

Counsel for the OSP, Isidore Tuffour, requested the court to grant him enough time to prepare and file the statement of the case, citing the office's resource constraints in managing legal matters.

Tuffour explained that he was newly appointed by the OSP to represent them in this matter due to some constraints the office was facing.

“I have just been appointed to fill that void,” he told the court.

During the court session, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah, the Counsel for the plaintiff [Bissue], stated that the OSP's excuse was not valid.

Baffour Awuah pointed out that the OSP's failure to file its statement of the case over the past two months “smacks of a deficit in candour.”

“At no point has the first Defendant not been represented by Counsel in this matter prior to his appointment. Counsel was coming to the court to represent the 1st Defendant, knowing they could prosecute this matter.

Indeed, the Special Prosecutor himself is a lawyer, so coming to the court to say you have not been able to file your statement of the case over the two months since this matter was instituted, smacks of a deficit in the candour of the 1st Defendant's office,” he added.

Baffour Awuah admitted on grounds of satisfying legal protocols and in the interest of justice that an adjournment should be considered to enable the OSP to file its statement of the case.

Plaintiff's counsel argued that the OSP has been using the ongoing judicial process concerning its prosecution of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA) and others as an excuse for its failures.

Bissue filed an application on December 23, 2022, and subsequently amended the application on January 4, 2023, to restrain the OSP from investigating and prosecuting him over allegations made by in a documentary called “Galamsey Fraud” published in February 2019.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his private investigative firm, Tiger Eye P.I, were joined to the suit as the 2nd and 3rd Defendants, respectively.

The OSP filed a conditional appearance and affidavit in opposition to the application on January 11, 2023, arguing the case should be struck out.

The OSP was expected to file a statement of case within 14 days (about 2 weeks) after filing the conditional appearance. However, this was never pursued.

Counsel for the OSP requested more time on January 24, 2023, stating that they were finalizing their statement of the case.

Justice Olivia Obeng Owusu, who presided over the case, adjourned it to April 17, 2023, to enable the OSP to file its statement of the case.

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