Charles Bissue, a former secretary to the defunct Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), has explained why he is determined to carry his case through to its logical end alongside investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.
He claims that after speaking with a former judge who claimed that Anas Aremeyaw Anas had wrongly implicated him, he “personally pledged to ensure that innocent public servants, including myself, who are only committed to serving our country diligently, will not be blackmailed or wrongly implicated.”
He described his experience: “When I first began my case, I received a call from a former judge in the Volta Region who had also fallen victim to Anas’ cunning work and who had expressed his support for me.
He claimed that money had been put on a table before him. He rejected whatever they tried to give him. Then the cash was taken away. Sadly, Anas only recorded the part where the money was in front of him and ignored the rest of the conversations, leaving just the impression that the man was a dishonest judge.
In an interview with Takoradi-based Radio 360, Mr. Bissue claimed that after asking the judge why he wasn’t taking up his case, he discovered that the former judge had to give up the fight since he was spending a lot of money on legal counsel.
“He said that if he told me how much he had spent on attorneys to clear his name, I would be surprised. I have spent a lot of cedis. He explained to me that his amazement over learning about Anas’s work had caused him to develop hypertension. Because his funds have been severely disrupted, he now finds it challenging to purchase his medication. Why would that occur?
No matter how many years it would take, he vowed again to see that justice was served.
“I want to use my situation as an example. People either seek public office to serve others or to abuse their position of authority. I arrived to help. I also want to utilize my case to give those who came to serve but were wrongfully accused hope. I want to utilize my case to put an end to this regrettable circumstance that frequently deters good people from accepting public posts who have the necessary skills and motivation.
Charles Bissue stated that the country’s effort to combat unlawful mining had been seriously harmed by Anas’ activity.
“Please verify the data from the IMCIM period and the figures currently. Despite some people’s joy over Anas’ work, we could all eventually suffer.
In two current cases, Mr. Bissue is suing the Special Prosecutors Office at the Human Rights Court.
He is contesting the OSP on the grounds of bias and violations of human rights, and he is also asking the court to review the actions taken by the OSP about the investigations carried out and/or results of the allegations made against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas in the documentary “Galamsey Fraud Part 1.”