Former Sanitation Minister, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her lawyer Mrs. Victoria Barth confronted private legal practitioner Martin Kpebu in court today, the Law Platform has reported.
The confrontation reportedly took place during a break when Justice Edward Twum adjourned proceedings to 3pm to rule on an application brought by Mad. Cecilia Dapaah against the Special Prosecutor for early hearing of the confirmation application filed by the Special Prosecutor.
The lawyer For Madam Abena Dapaah was reportedly engaging Martin Kpebu about “prejudicial” remarks he made on the ongoing case.
Madam Abena Dapaah who was quietly observing the exchange between the lawyers chimed in to calm the two lawyers down.
The Ex Minister filed an interlocutory injunction application against the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in an attempt to stop the Office from investigating and prosecuting her and her husband, Daniel Osei Kufuor on charges of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences.
She is praying the court to also declare the reseizure of monies found in her Abelemkpe residence and the refreezing of her bank accounts as unfair and capricious.
“A Declaration that the Respondent’s re-seizure of the money (initially seized from the Applicant’s home on 24/07/23) and re-freezing of Applicant’s bank accounts respectively on 5th September 2023 is unfair, unreasonable, capricious, arbitrary, and ultra vires the Respondent’s statutory powers under Act 959 relative to the constitutional provisions of Articles 23 and 296 of the Constitution, 1992.”
Madam Dapaah’s lawyers are also seeking the court to issue “an Order prohibiting the Respondent from continuing the investigation of the Applicant and her husband for corruption or corruption-related offences.”
Court documents filed by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in September disclosed that Madam Dapaah used aliases to conceal transactions from undeclared real estate business and other transactions to justify the reseizure and refreezing of her bank account.
But the former Minister described the claims as misleading.
Cecilia Dapaah came into the limelight in July when it emerged that two of her house helps were before an Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly stealing monies and items running into millions of Ghana Cedis .
Calls were made for her to resign and be investigated and she yielded to the public pressure and resigned from her position on July 22, 2023 .