The office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has denied reports that it is no longer interested in the prosecution of the proprietor of the Great. Lamptey-MilIs Institute, Enoch Nii Lamptey-Mills.

Sources at the office told the Daily Graphic that it was untrue that the A-G’s office had dropped the charges against the suspect and decided not to pursue the matter.

“This is not true. The matter will be pursued but due to latest developments, which need to be re-evaluated and investigated before going to court, it was thought unnecessary to continue keeping the suspect in custody,” a highly placed source said.

It said at the right time after investigations into the matter, the suspect would be arraigned on the appropriate charge.

Lamptey-Mills was re-arrested last Wednesday, August 18, 2010 and placed in police custody, pending the commencement of his trial after his release from the charge of impregnating and forcing a former student of his school to marry him.

He was said to have been re-arrested on the orders of the Attorney-General’s Department and charged with rape.

In October, last year, an Accra circuit court discharged Lamptey-Mills, who had been charged with compulsory marriage.

The court ruled that the charge levelled against Lamptey-Mills was a misdemeanour, for which the law allowed an out-of-court settlement.

However, the Attorney-General said last week that from the caution statement of Lamptey-Mills, the consent given by the girl was under duress and ordered his re-arrest.

According to the Attorney-General, Lamptey-Mills stated that he found the girl in a sorry state with no one caring for her and, therefore, offered to assist her.

Lamptey Mills was arrested in September, last year, for impregnating and forcefully marrying a former student of his school; he performed the marriage rites, making the victim his wife.

After the re-arrest of Lamptey-Mills, the woman at the centre of the controversy, Ms Priscilla Agyei, who is now his wife, went on air to vent her frustrations at the trial of her husband, saying that after all, she was not forced to have sex with the man.

Consequently, she is reported to have said that she might be tempted to resort to prostitution or engage in any anti-social activity against the laws of the land if her husband was prosecuted.

The Great Lamptey-Mills Institute, formerly Lamptey-Mills Institute, was established on February 4, 1963 by the late Rev Abraham Samuel Lamptey-Mills, after whom the school was named.

The junior high and senior high departments were established on September 31, 1994 and 2005 respectively by Enoch Lamptey-Mills, the current director, who is the son of the founder.

Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana