Tuesday, 23 July

Probing Cecilia Dapaah for money laundering 'baseless, unnecessary' – AG tells EOCO

Former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah

The Attorney General's office has advised against pursuing money laundering investigations into former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah's affairs by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).

This decision comes after the Attorney General's office determined that the Special Prosecutor's request for such investigations lacked a solid basis.

Despite the Special Prosecutor's initial inquiry, which uncovered over 1 million dollars and other suspicious findings at Ms Dapaah's residence, subsequent analysis by the Attorney General's office revealed no concrete evidence of corruption or related offenses.

The absence of criminal implications associated with Ms Dapaah's assets led the Attorney General's office to conclude that there was no justification for money laundering investigations.

Additionally, the Special Prosecutor has directed the Ghana Police Service to probe the source of the funds discovered at Dapaah's home.

While EOCO retains the authority to initiate its own investigation, the Attorney General's office advised that it was "not necessary", citing the lack of substantive grounds.

"In the absence of the identification of any criminality, associated with the properties retrieved from the suspects, the OSP's referral to EOCO for investigations to be conducted into money laundering is without basis", the Attorney General's office advised.

Source: classfmonline.com