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n. an attorney from outside of the government selected by the Attorney General or Congress to investigate and possibly prosecute a federal government official for wrongdoing in office. The theory behind appointing a special prosecutor is that there is a built-in conflict of interest between the Department of Justice and officials who may have political or governmental connections with that department. The most famous special prosecutor was law professor Archibald Cox, originally chosen to investigate White House (and President Richard Nixon's) involvement in the Watergate scandal. President Nixon demanded that Attorney General Elliot Richardson fire Cox who was being aggressive in his investigation, and Richardson resigned rather than comply, as did Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Deputy Attorney General Robert Bork finally discharged Cox.

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Koner's attorney Marek Para received the decision 11 days later and the Special Prosecutor's office on August 7.
The special prosecutor fell ill a day after she resigned and a day after 1TV owner Bojan Jovanovski was arrested on suspicion of extortion and put in the Sutka remand prison.
Justice Afia Serwaa Botwe further struck out preliminary legal objections or issues raised by Counsel for the 2nd accused person, Ali Komaili, that the Special Prosecutor had no capacity and qualification to investigate and/or prosecute on sections 43(1) and 92(10) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (as amended) Act 663, and the competence of the Special Prosecutor and lawyers in that office to practice law without a solicitor's licence.
Special prosecutor Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed argued before the IHC that the prosecution had laid the entire evidence before the trial court and it was waiting for the material evidence from the UK government.
According to Sela, the Alliance for Albanians wants the work of the Special Prosecutor's Office to continue indefinitely and the institution and its mission to stay as they were at the time the SPO was established.
A preview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=e132zSAiY5g) video shows how the special prosecutor plans to control the chaos in the department with a new step that involves one to one meetings with each team member.
The special prosecutor had pleaded the court to give him some time to bring more evidences on the record.
A few anti-corruption prosecutors working on monthly-basis may resign over low pay: sources ISLAMABAD:The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has approved an extension in service of over 31 special prosecutors working on a monthly-fee basis.
(Although there is no indication that Harding was involved in any wrongdoing, his secretary of the interior, Albert Fall, eventually went to prison for taking bribes in exchange for leasing federal lands to two oil tycoons.) No other federal special prosecutor has been named under a similar congressional mandate, which is of dubious constitutionality.
In a previous hearing of the Benazir Bhutto murder case on December 15, the court had issued arrest warrants for FIA special prosecutor Khwaja Imtiaz and FIA Station House Officer (SHO) Azmat Mahmood for failing to appear in court and not providing details of Musharraf's assets.
According to the list, eight prosecutors belong to NAB headquarters including Akbar Tarar, APGA, Imran-ul-Haq Khan, special prosecutor (Supreme Court), Farid-ul-Hassan, special prosecutor (High Court), Nasir Mahmood Mughal, special prosecutor HC, Imraz Aziz Qureshi, senior legal consultant, Azal Qureshi, special prosecutor HC, Ajmal Aziz Khalid, special prosecutor TC/LC, Osman Karim, special prosecutor TC.
Earlier this month, Imran Shafique, special prosecutor with NAB Rawalpindi tendered his resignation.

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