Ghana: Former minister Cecilia Dapaah files injunction to halt Special Prosecutor’s investigation

Embattled former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah has filed an injunction application against the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) for prosecuting her until its freeze of her accounts and cash seizure case is determined.
Per the court documents filed Tuesday, October 10, the lawyers say if the OSP is not retrained, the accused will suffer irreparable damage. They have asked the court to balance her rights against the State’s power to fight corruption. “This Court is enjoined to balance the economic right of the affected persons against the State’s power to fight corruption.”
“It is the Applicants’ considered view that they would suffer irreparable harm if the Respondent is not restrained pending the final determination of the substantive matter.”
The former minister has also refuted allegations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor that she has an undeclared real estate business. According to her, the OSP has not provided any evidence of that claim.
The court document filed by the Office of the Special Prosecutor said Cecilia Abena Dapaah “was engaged in undisclosed and undeclared real estate business in which she obscured and concealed the transactions by employing the use of aliases to avoid detection of the actual ownership of the business and properties, while cleverly receiving proceeds of the transactions in her bank account and investments.”
This is part of OSP’s attempt to confirm the seizure of suspected tainted properties belonging to Madam Dapaah.