Four persons arrested, charged by OSP for failing to declare sources of income

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Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng

The Special Prosecutor has arrested and charged four persons including three public servants and one civil servant for failing to comply and declare sources of income in contravention of regulation 20 of L.I 2374.

The four, Issah Seidu, James Keck Osei, John Abban and Peter Archibald Hyde are due to appear before the High Court (Criminal Division) in Accra on Monday, 13 February 2023.

A tweet by the Office of the Special Prosecutor disclosed that Mr Siedu works with the National Insurance Commission, while James works with the Office of the Vice President as an administrator.

John and Peter, according to the OSP are senior Officers with the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The First, Third, and Fourth Accused are public servants, while the Second Accused is a civil servant. The Accused is all suspects under investigation in respect of corruption and corruption-related offences regarding the importation from Thailand and auction processes of two hundred and fifty (250) metric tons of Lele rice.

The evidence will establish that in December 2022, the Special Prosecutor, in the performance of his functions, served on the Accused, respectively, notices to declare their property and income under regulation 20(1) per Forms 11A and 11B of the First Schedule of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L.I. 2374).

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The Accused were duly notified, as per the statutory forms and by cover letters under the seal of the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the seal and mark of the Special Prosecutor, that they were required by law to make the specified declarations and return same to the Office of the Special Prosecutor as per Form 12 of the First Schedule of L.I. 2374, within thirty (30) days of the service on them of the notices as per Forms 11A and 11B of the First Schedule of L.I. 2374.

As at the close of business on 9 February 2023, the Accused had failed, without lawful excuse, to return the duly completed statutory forms to the Office of the Special Prosecutor, more than thirty (30) days after the service of the forms on them.

The Accused Persons have been duly charged with the respective offences on the charge sheet.

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