Embattled former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah has applied to the court to abridge the time for the application hearing for the hearing on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) freeze of her accounts and cash seizure case. According to her, the OSP relied on her caution statement taken from her earlier to re-freeze her accounts and re-seize her cash despite the earlier court order. The former Bantama MP also insisted that the matter has caused and is causing her hardship, stress, and public embarrassment.
“Again, the Respondent has alluded to my decision to remain silent on 7th September 2023 and is seeking to on that as further justification for the confirmation of his re-seizure of the money and re-freezing of my bank accounts which he did two days prior on, 5th September 2023.” “I am advised by Counsel and verily believe the same to be true that having exercised his administrative powers to re-seize the money and refreeze my bank accounts on 5th September 2023, the Applicant cannot justify his suspicion on the cautioned statements in Exibits OSP10 and OSP6 which were taken after reseizure and refreezing.
” The Office of the Special Prosecutor filed the instant application after the High Court refused a similar application and instructed the anti-corruption agency to unfreeze her bank accounts and hand over the seized money to her. The office, however, re-seized the money and re-froze the bank accounts moments after adhering to the court’s direction.
After this, the application for confirmation was filed on September 11, and the case was scheduled to be heard on October 18. But in her application for abridgement, Cecilia Dapaah indicated that every day’s delay in determining the motion would cause her further hardship. She proposed that the case be heard on October 11.
By: Ernest K. Arhinful