The Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Justice, Ms Gloria Akuffo, has said that her office will, in two weeks, commence prosecution processes against the former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was caught on tape allegedly taking a bribe.
Ms Akuffo, who was in parliament on Thursday, 7 November 2019 to answer questions on some legal matters, told the House: “Mr Speaker, we are dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s. Give and take, a week or a fortnight, the matter may be presented but I need to say that the filing is in our control but the fixing and actual presentation is in the control of the court”.
Class91.3FM’s court correspondent, Ekow Annan explained that the minister, however, failed to provide details of the docket labelled RO93 2018, which was received from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) titled: ‘The Republic vrs Kwesi Nyantakyi’.
The former GFA boss was secretly recorded by undercover private investigation firm, Tiger Eye P.I., led by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a documentary titled Number 12.
The names of President Nana Akufo-Addo and some officials at the presidency came up during the investigative report which led the President to refer the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service.
However, the legal processes toward Mr Nyantakyi’s prosecution, according to the Attorney General, stalled after the murder of a key member of that undercover team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas premiered his documentary in June 2017 which detailed corruption in Ghana football. The filmy captured Mr Nyantakyi apparently accepting a “cash gift” and violating several provisions in FIFA’s code of ethics.
Apart from Mr Nyantakyi, several referees and other sports officials were also implicated, leading to the dissolution of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
World football governing body FIFA subsequently removed Mr Nyantakyi from office at the organisation and banned him for life from all football-related activities.
The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Nyantakyi guilty of having violated Article 19 (conflict of interest), Article 21 (Bribery and corruption) and Article 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.