The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) takes advantage of the golden hour in the evolving discussions on disclosure to train investigators and prosecutors on disclosure procedures.
The European Union funded Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) implemented by FIIAPP in partnership with Law and Development Associates (LADA) has organised a three-day workshop for 50 investigators and prosecutors of the Economic and Organised Crime Office. This is the first batch of series of training planned to train investigators and prosecutors in disclosure procedures.
The training was held at the Royal Lee’s Hotel in Aburi, Tutu from Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 to Friday, 9th August, 2019.
The purpose of the training was to equip investigators and prosecutors with knowledge to appropriately discharge their disclosure obligations, criminal investigation practices and recover assets in criminal trials.
At the closing ceremony, the Executive Director, COP Frank Adu-Poku (Rtd.) thanked the organisers for the training indicating that it was organised at an opportune time and told officers to put to practice what they have learnt.
The Chief Executive Officer of LADA, Mr. Mark Ofori-Amanfo in his remarks stated that the work of investigators have been questioned by prosecutors thus the need to bring together prosecutors and investigators for practical discourse. He further mentioned the complex nature of crimes such as cybercrime and the expectation for investigators to be ahead of criminals. He used the opportunity to thank ARAP for sponsoring the programme and the facilitators for making time to be part of the programme.
The representative of ARAP, Mr. Tuinese Amuzu stated the role of ARAP in funding projects that seeks to drive the country to fight corruption. He mentioned the support ARAP has given to the Office of the Attorney-General in publishing Disclosure Guidelines for Prosecutors.
Some of the topics covered were history of disclosure and current legal framework of disclosures in Ghana, responsibility of an investigator, laws relevant to evidence gathering, interviewing and taking quality statement and assets recovery in criminal trials.
The Supreme Court delivered the decision in the case of the Republic v. Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie & four (4) Others. Reference Number JI/06/2018 on 7th June 2018 on disclosure of relevant material in the possession of the prosecution in accordance with the accused person’s right to a fair trial under Article 19(2)(e) and (g) of the 1992 Constitution.