April 17, 2024

OSP-Kissi Agyebeng

In a recent legal battle at the Human Rights Court One, the application for judicial review filed by Charles Bissue against the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has encountered a significant setback. The OSP, as the 1st respondent, failed to meet the deadline for filing its affidavit in response to the motion, leading to severe repercussions.

The OSP had duly served a hearing notice on 15 June 2023, informing them of the scheduled court proceedings. However, the 1st respondent failed to submit the required affidavit within the stipulated time frame despite this notice.

Presiding over the case, Judge Mrs Barbara Tetteh Charway expressed her dissatisfaction with the OSP’s negligence and non-compliance. As a result, she took a decisive step and awarded a sum of GH1,000 in costs in favour of the applicant, Charles Bissue.

Furthermore, Judge Tetteh Charway issued a stern request to the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The OSP now has 14 days to file its affidavit in response to the application, failing which they could face further consequences and legal actions.

The case has been adjourned to 4 September 2023, providing the OSP with sufficient time to rectify their failure and comply with the court’s orders.

The application for judicial review has attracted considerable attention, given the gravity of the matter and the involvement of a government agency like the Office of the Special Prosecutor. As the legal proceedings continue, both parties and the public await the forthcoming developments, which could have significant implications for the case’s outcome.

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