Cash for Justice: party ties “delay justice” as pregnant goat bribe taking Attorney gambles.

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Impeccable information available to this paper, indicates that the embattled state lawyer who was caught receiving goodies to free a crime suspect, is on a goose chase pay back 'gala' syndrome, as he is alleged to be moving from one party guru to another in a bit to get himself off the hook of the country's 'discriminative' justice system.

As the country awaits the verdict of a judicial investigative committee to the eyes and ears of Ghanaians albeit tardy, many are wondering what is keeping the vociferous Attorney General mute.

Pockets of information available to this paper, indicate that the interdicted Senior State Attorney based in the Upper East Region who was caught on camera receiving a cash and a pregnant goat and asking for more with a promise to free a crime suspect is a respected bankroller of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Awutu Senya Constituency of the Central region.

Emmanuel Lawrence Otto-Boison, the embattled Bolgatanga-based state prosecutor, was captured perpetrating a serious offence and telling an agent to not disclose the illegal deal to any third party in video documentary titled "Cash for Justice" and produced by the EIB's investigative journalist, Edward Adeti.

His alleged political links with top officials of the current government appear to have gotten eyes starring and tongues wagging with many asking if justice will be ordinarily served.

Widespread rumours indicate that the embattled state-employed lawyer is an intimate friend of Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Kpemka.

The duo, this paper understands, were close friends during their days together as lawyers practising in the Upper East Region. Many are asking and wondering if his fellow "learned friends" will be able to crack the whip on their own.

The senior state's lawyer, whose mandate mainly includes representing the state in legal proceedings as well as offering legal advice on state cases, is seen in the video taking inducements and making demands for pounds sterling as he gave multiple assurances to free a suspect who was standing in Bolgatanga trial for rape. He also gave a strong piece of advice in the video documentary that the accused person should run away from prosecution when granted bail.

The Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo, late last year interdicted the state's attorney following the airing of the documentary on GHOne Television in October, 2019. A committee was subsequently inaugurated by the Attorney General early this year to investigate the conduct of the state's lawyer and present its findings within a month.

This paper is learning that the committee, made up of learned lawyers including some adjudicators of the nation's apex's Court, has brought its work to an end. 

Per the timeline allocated to the committee prior to its enactment, the Attorney General might be far behind time in telling the nation what has come of the committee's work. Interestingly, weeks after the committee brought its task to a conclusion, Madam Gloria Akuffo, told this paper's Upper East regional correspondent, "You know, I don't run commentaries when investigations are ongoing". She continued, "Have you spoken to the people who brought up the matter to the office? Speak to them". She would not comment further. Strangely, Madam Gloria Akuffo, who composed the judiciary investigative committee, is seen to be running away from speaking on matters relating to the committee but is ironically directing reporters to speak to a petitioner who has absolutely no power to speak on the issue. 

Even before the Minister for Justice and Attorney General could tell anxious citizens the outcome of its investigations vis-à-vis the conduct of the embattled interdicted state's attorney, anticorruption bodies have vowed to pursue the matter to ensure justice is served without delay.

A Ghanaian-based anti-corruption group, Coalition for Equal Rights and Justice (CERAJ), has told the media it is filing a petition to the Mediation and Security Council (MSC) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against the interdicted state's lawyer.

"The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council will soon receive the petition because this is a matter of an international interest. The offence committed by the Senior State Attorney is so serious and highly unpardonable under any serious-minded government who wants to protect its integrity and citizenry as far as the documentary we have all watched is concerned. For a state's attorney to allow himself to be influenced with money and advise with passion as we can see in the viral video that a serial crime suspect should run and go into hiding where nobody would find him, we cannot say we are safe in this country.

"For a state's attorney to say an accused person is wanted in Burkina Faso and that he should avoid INTERPOL as we all watched in the documentary, the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council must be alert and very concerned about this because of the serious security implications these shocking revelations portend for all of us in this sub-region, how some state's attorneys are thwarting the efforts of the ECOWAS MSC and the INTERPOL. This state's attorney clearly should not and cannot represent the interest of the state.

"It is a big international issue worthy of ECOWAS attention. We are even told the BBC and several international security analysts are also anxiously monitoring the outcome of the Justice Dotse Committee on the saga. Until this Senior State Attorney, who should have even resigned by now, is dealt with by the law without any fear or favour, like the other unscrupulous public officials who were caught in the past in similar circumstances of taking bribes and extorting and were dismissed in this country, for the palpable wrongs he the state's attorney has committed in the video in the full glare of the entire public, it would be difficult for anyone anywhere to trust the Attorney-General's Department for justice and fairness. That is why we vehemently speak everywhere as an organization for equal rights and justice no matter who you are," said the CERAJ's President and CEO, Augustus AmankwahMireku.

Another anti-corruption group, named National Patriots against Injustice and Corruption (NAPAIC), is also threatening to go all out in making sure that justice is properly served. Worried over the delay by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice in announcing the outcome of its investigations in to Mr Boison's conduct, NAPAIC's President, Mr Bismark Zumah, stated that "justice delayed is justice denied".

Mr Bismark Zumah, in a telephone interview with the Herald's Abugri Haruna, stated that his group was keenly monitoring happenings at the Attorney-General's Department and would not hesitate to petition other relevant organizations should the need arise.

"My brother, our group is ready to petition organizations outside the borders of this country should the need arise. We are going all out to make sure justice is served. People are suffering in jail for stealing common fowls but this man has committed a great harm and is still walking unpunished," the President stated.

Mr Boison left the Upper East Region last year under mysterious circumstances when a trailer of the investigative piece went viral prior to the full airing of the documentary and has since not been seen in the region. 

Mr Boison, was allegedly caught sometime back in a similar fashion by Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Tiger Eye PI, but was allegedly set free due to his alleged political links. This time, under the political watch of another lawyer [human right lawyer], many are asking if he will go unpunished again.

Interestingly, even before the Attorney General pronounces the outcome of the judicial investigative committee's work albeit tardy, this paper can report that Mr Boison and his gang of wishers are jubilating of having been cleared of any wrongdoing, thus sparking anger as most people in the Upper East Region rhetorically ask if justice is paid with injustice.

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Source: theheraldghana.com