It has been alleged that the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu almost concluded investigations into Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ bribery allegations against former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) Charles Bissue. The accused, Mr Bissue believes the substantive matter was investigated and almost concluded by the former Special Prosecutor, even before his [Martin Amidu] resignation.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem this morning, Charles Bissue disclosed that statements had already been taken from witnesses to the case to support investigations, and that it is left for the Office of the Special Prosecutor to issue a report on its investigations. The host of the show, Asempa was curious to learn how the new Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng has been treating the case.
In a response, Mr Bissue said; “The current Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng was Anas’ lawyer in this matter. I think Martin Amidu [former Special Prosecutor] dealt substantively with the matter. It’s just for them to issue a report on it. My lawyers have written and submitted three petitions to the Office of the Special Prosecutor on this matter.”
Mr Bissue recounts that the Office of the Special Prosecutor in 2019 invited him over the matter investigated. According to him, while at the office with his lawyer, Anas, with Kissi Agyabeng and a camera crew walked in. He disclosed that Anas and his team wanted to intimidate him and so he caused the investigators to deal with them respectfully.
“I was invited to the Special Prosecutor’s office, and Anas and his camera crew came over. Kissi Agyabeng and one gentleman, Sammy Darko were in the company of Anas. They were intimidating me but I confronted them not to even dare. I told the investigators who had invited me to the office that their invitation did not mention of any meeting with Anas and his team…and so I don’t want them there. They were with their cameras and ready to record us.”
A more curious Asempa asked if Mr Kissi Agyabeng had ever contacted him since he took office as the Special Prosecutor but Mr Bissue indicated that such experience has not manifested yet.
“Oh no. He schooled at Cornell University, and he surely understands the implications of he doing that” he added.
It’s been over three years when the allegations by Anas was reported to the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service have long exonerated Mr Bissue of the said allegations of bribery and abuse of office.
In 2019, Anas published the “Galamsey Fraud” documentary in which, he accused Charles Bissue of taking bribe to circumvent the licensing of a small scale mining company, ORR Resources at a time there was a ban on small scale mining in Ghana.