The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has concluded its investigation into allegations of corruption against Charles Adu Boahen, a former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry. A report from the OSP has cleared Adu Boahen of any corruption allegations but noted that his conduct could be described as trading in influence or influence peddling, which is closely associated with corruption. However, the OSP stated that there were no actual criminal prohibitions of his actions within the scope of their mandate.
Background of the Investigation:
The OSP’s investigation was initiated in response to allegations raised in the investigative documentary titled “Galamsey Economy,” published by Tiger Eye P.I. The documentary shed light on alleged corruption and corruption-related offenses involving Adu Boahen.
President’s Decision and Referral to Special Prosecutor:
Following reports of the allegations outlined in the documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, President Akufo-Addo took decisive action. He terminated Charles Adu Boahen’s appointment and referred the matter to the Special Prosecutor for further investigation.
The OSP’s report, after a thorough investigation, has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Charles Adu Boahen. As a result, the Special Prosecutor has directed the closure of the investigation into the corruption allegations against Adu Boahen at this time. However, the report also noted that the investigation could be reopened in the future if new circumstances or additional facts emerge that necessitate further inquiry.
The clearance of Charles Adu Boahen from corruption allegations carries significant implications for his public image and political career. The decision by the OSP affirms his innocence regarding the specific matters under investigation.
It is important to emphasize that the OSP’s findings are based on the existing legal framework and its interpretation of the actions attributed to Adu Boahen. The possibility of reopening the investigation in the future remains, should new evidence or legal developments warrant it.
Charles Adu Boahen’s exoneration from corruption allegations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor marks an important legal conclusion in this matter. The final decision on any further actions or consequences related to these findings rests with the former Minister and relevant authorities.