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Special Prosecutor Fights High Court Judge Over Refusal To Freeze Sir John’s Estate

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The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has expressed displeasure over an Accra High Court Judge’s ruling into the Special Prosecutor’s application for the confirmation of the freezing order for the late CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie aka Sir John’s estate.

In a press release, the Special Prosecutor explained that on May 30, 2022, he directed the freezing of the estate of Sir John.

The release said on June 9, 2022, the Special Prosecutor applied to the High Court for a confirmation of the freezing order.

It added that “On 12 July 2022 the High Court, presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, inexplicably dismissed the application.”

The release lamented that “The judge, with respect, totally misapprehended the application for confirmation of the freezing order and misdirected herself by characterizing the application as that of a confiscation order, which regimes are governed by different considerations.”

The release explained that the regime for an application for freezing order is designed to facilitate an investigation or a prosecution to avoid dissipation of the property in question. The confiscation order is designed to permanently deprive the owner of the property.”

Below is the full release

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