Charles Adu Boahen: OSP drops corruption case

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The Office of the Special Prosecutor has dropped the corruption allegations against former Deputy Finance Minister Charles Adu Boahen. A report detailing the findings of the investigation which started in 2022 said the minister was not involved in corruption.

According to the OSP, Charles Adu Boahen “engaged in trading in influence or influence peddling by employing his political office and close personal ties to the President and the Vice President to obtain favours of an actual cash gift and a prospective percentage cut of the proposed investment by the supposed sheikh.

Also, the OSP said Charles Adu Boahen did not know that the proposed investment was a setup as he thought he had actually secured a deal from which he would get a commission.

Charles Adu Boahen “certainly did not know that the whole enterprise was like a motion picture prop. He thought it was an actual investment proposal. Indeed, Mr. Adu Boahen admitted that he believed he was dealing with a genuine wealthy sheikh who had the advertised wherewithal to make good on the proposed investment. Therefore, his actions should be considered on account of his state of mind and state of knowledge at the time of the second meeting – which was that he thought he had bagged for himself a real prospect of a windfall of twenty per cent (20%) of a coming investment worth Five Hundred Million United States dollars (US$500,000,000.00) in addition to receiving and pocketing Forty Thousand United States dollars (US$40,000.00).”

Based on the above, the OSP directed the closure of the case until there is a further need for it to be opened.

“On that reckoning, the Special Prosecutor directs the closure, at this time, of the investigation in respect of allegations of corruption and corruption-related offences involving Charles Adu Boahen contained in the investigative documentary titled Galamsey Economy published by Tiger Eye P.I. The investigation may be re-opened should the circumstances and further facts so dictate.”

Background

Charles Adu Boahen was a minister of state at the presidency in charge of finance when investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye P. I dropped a chilling piece about him. In the documentary that caused a public stir, the minister was captured saying for an appearance before Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, one needed to pay $200,000.

President Akufo-Addo sacked the minister following the release of the investigation documentary. He then directed the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the case for corruption-related issues.

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