High Court dismisses Special Prosecutor’s request to keep Sir John’s assets frozen

An Accra High Court has dismissed a request by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyabeng, to extend his power to freeze the assets of the late CEO of Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John.

The Special Prosecutor announced that the assets of the former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Sir John, have been frozen pending investigations into allegations of unlawful acquisition of state lands.

The OSP stated that it was investigating suspected corruption and corruption-related offences including the alleged improper and unlawful acquisition of state property at the Achimota Forest enclave and the Ramsar catchment at Sakumono in Accra, as stated in late Sir John’s will.

The investigation follows a petition by Corruption Watch, a coalition of anti-corruption civil society organisations, including the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA) requesting the Special Prosecutor to investigate the acquisition of state lands in the Achimota Forest and the Ramsar area in Sakumono by three companies and two individuals as captured in the Last Will and Testament of Sir John.

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