I was conned by Akufo-Addo— Former Special Prosecutor expresses regret for Trusting Akufo-Addo
The former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has bemoaned that his only regret in life was to trust the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and also accepting the post as the Special Prosecutor position he offered him in 2018.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo conned him into accepting the position which he thought would be used diligently to fight corruption bedevilling the country.
“The only regret I have in life is to have trusted President Nana Akufo-Addo in such a sheepish manner as to have allowed him to have conned me into agreeing to be his Special Prosecutor in a naive but sincere belief on my part that he was intent on fighting corruption” he said.
Expressing his regret in an article titled “A Short Tenure Fighting Corruption and Political Discrimination Is More Honourable” which was published on Friday, July 9, Mr Amidu indicated that he accepted the position with a belief that the President would end criminal justice discrimination but the former used his position to strengthen corruption.
“Agreeing to be his Special Prosecutor in a naive but sincere belief on my part that he was intent on fighting corruption and was also against using the process of criminal justice administration as an instrument of political discrimination against his political opponents,” Mr Amidu wrote.
He also slammed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Godfred Yeboah Dame in the article for saying in an interview on Metro TV that if not for his spirited defense in court as a Deputy Attorney General, Mr Amidu would not have become the Special Prosecutor “which he so much touts about.”
“The position and status of Special Prosecutor was not one I would ordinarily have agreed to be nominated and appointed to after declining nomination for the Supreme Court in 1999 as I indicated on oath at my vetting but for the fact the President invited, cajoled, promised, and assured me that the appointment was going to be on terms personal to me and vowed to ensure my independence and that of the Office,” he added.
He described the Attorney General as having the “effrontery, childlike pomposity and arrogance” to have granted the referenced interview.