Former President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is expected to face prosecution in the coming weeks following the completion of a review of the docket into the Number 12 expose, ABC News can report.
The Former GFA President was implicated in an investigative piece by Tiger Eye PI’s leader, Anas Aremeyaw Anas which exposed the ‘massive’ corruption in Africa football.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament Thursday, the Attorney-General indicated that after months of examination and review into the evidence presented by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Tiger Eye PI, the prosecution of Mr Nyantakyi is imminent.
She, however, noted that the death of Ahmed Suale, an investigative Journalist with Tiger Eye PI, who served as a principal witness in the preparation of the case stalled the process.
“Unfortunately, Mohammed Suale, a member of Tiger Eye and a principal witness with whom the prosecutors directly engaged in the preparation of the case was tragically killed on 16th May 2019. The death of the journalist unavoidably stalled the preparation of the case,” she noted.
“The review of the docket has since been completed and the presentation of the case in court is imminent. Give and take a week or a fortnight, the matter may be presented [to court] but I need to say that the filing is within our control but the fixing and actual presentation is in the control of the court,” she added.
Mr Nyantakyi resigned as the GFA president after the “Number 12” documentary produced in collaboration with the BBC exposed him compromising his position by accepting money and the highlights of mass corruption in football in Africa.
In March this year, over 1,800 people signed an online petition led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, calling for the prosecution of the former GFA boss who was also a member of the FIFA Council.
“In Ghana, he (Nyantakyi) was arrested, then granted bail. Police have completed investigations into likely criminal misconduct by Mr Nyantakyi. They submitted their findings to the Attorney General last year. The Attorney General has not taken any action on the case till date,” Anas said in a statement explaining the petition.
“We are sending letters, making calls, sending social messages to all government entities that can help us MOVE this case to the next level. We are also reaching out to news media to help spread the word.
“If Nyantakyi is not prosecuted, our collective fight against corruption will be meaningless. It will also send a signal to many citizens that the law only deals with the poor, but the rich and powerful cannot be held responsible for their actions,” Anas further explained.