Kissi Agyebeng meets with FBI representatives in Washington to learn about their procedures, organizational design, and best practices.

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At their Washington, D.C. headquarters, representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have met with Ghana’s Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

In a tweet on Monday, October 23, the OSP stated that the goal of their visit to the FBI was to learn about their operations, best practices, and organizational structure, as well as to improve capacity building and collaboration.

The Special Prosecutor spoke with a number of mission heads as well as Jason Beachy, the acting assistant director of the FBI’s International Operations Division.

“Arun G. Rao, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Richard Goldberg, Deputy Director of Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) within the Justice Department’s Civil Division, received the OSP during the visit to the Department of Justice (DOJ),” the tweet stated.

The visit takes place while the two organizations are working together to look into Cecilia Abena Dapaah, a former minister of water resources and sanitation.

As per the OSP’s notice, the primary emphasis of the investigations is to scrutinize assets and financial transactions that occur within the United States.

This is “to verify the lawfulness of Ms. Dapaah and her associates’ riches, both in the context of their funds migrating from Ghana to the United States and vice versa,” according to the OSP notice published on Wednesday, October 11.

Following the filing of an affidavit by the former Sanitation Minister’s attorneys before the Human Rights Division of the High Court, seeking an interlocutory injunction on investigations being carried out by Ghana’s OSP, the FBI and OSP partnered.

The former Bantama MP had referred to the re-seizure of her funds and the re-freezing of her accounts and property as “unfair, unreasonable, capricious, arbitrary, and ultra vires.”

In her affidavit responding to OSP’s suit, she prayed, “I am advised by Counsel and verily believe same to be true that it is imperative that the Respondent is restrained from continuing his investigation pending the determination of my said application to prevent further violation of my constitutionally guaranteed rights and render my application for judicial review otiose.”

Apart from the lawsuit it filed to look into allegations of corruption and offenses related to it, the OSP accused Madam Cecilia Dapaah of not declaring her income in response to a valid demand.

But in violation of Section 69(1)(a) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017, Act 959, the OSP claims that she did not comply with this requirement after 30 days.

“As of October 5, 2023, at the close of business, the accused had deliberately neglected, without justifiable reason, to return the properly filled out statutory forms to the Office of the Special Prosecutor, over thirty (30) days following the notice and forms’ delivery to her.”

It is anticipated that the former minister will respond to this accusation.

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