Top 17 Powers of the Office of Special Prosecutor

lawyer Kissi Agyebeng, Special Prosecutor of the Republic of Ghana
lawyer Kissi Agyebeng, Special Prosecutor of the Republic of Ghana

The Special Prosecutor, the Deputy Special Prosecutor and the Officers of the OSP have the powers of a police officer under the Criminal and other Offences (Procedure) Act, 1960 (Act 30) and under any other law.

The powers of the OSP include:

1. Arrest


2. Search and take possession of documents

3. Seizure of suspected tainted property – movable and immovable

4. Seizure and detention of currency suspected to be proceeds of corruption

5. Direct declaration of property and income

6. Freezing of property

7. Render orders for disclosure of funds and other assets

8. Render confiscation orders

9. Render pecuniary penalty orders

10. Realise property

11. Property tracing

12  Lift veil

13. Protect witnesses, victims, whistleblowers and informants

14. Appoint Receivers to manage and preserve realisable property

15. Manage seized assets

16. Demand disclosure of funds

17. Demand disclosure of assets

In a document intercepted by, some of these powers are exercised upon applications to the High Court of the Republic of Ghana. The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) is not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority in the performance of its functions, except as provided in the Constitution.


The Office is, for the purposes of its functions, authorized by the Attorney-General to initiate and conduct the prosecution of corruption and corruption-related offences.

Also, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) may be requested by Parliament, in the public interest, to investigate alleged or suspected cases of corruption or a corruption-related offence involving public officers, politically exposed persons or persons in the private sector.

Finally, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) is authorized to exercise powers connected with the object of the Office.



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