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Ambulance trial: A-G had no business dealing with 3rd accused directly, its unethical – Sammy Gyamfi

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Sammy Gyamfi, the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) Communications Officer, has leveled accused the Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame of unethical behavior in the ongoing ambulance case involving Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.

According to Gyamfi, there has been an exploitation of Richard Jakpa, the third accused, following his allegations that Dame had engaged him in multiple meetings with the intent to coerce him into implicating Dr. Ato Forson falsely.

On the Citi Breakfast Show aired on May 24, Gyamfi expressed that the conduct of the Attorney General was a clear violation of the legal profession’s ethical standards.

He referenced Rule 2013 from the legal Code of Conduct, which strictly forbids attorneys from direct communication with a party who is already represented in a case.

Gyamfi maintained that such unauthorised direct contact without the intermediary of the concerned party’s legal counsel is a serious breach of professional conduct.

“Godfred Dame knows as the leader of the bar that our works as lawyers are governed by ethics. Rule 13 of our ethics says that a lawyer cannot communicate with a represented third party in a case directly. Bernard, if you go to court and you are presented by a lawyer, the only way another lawyer can communicate with you is through your lawyer. Because you are presumed not to know the law and if a lawyer engages you, it means he has taken advantage of you. 

“It is a disconnect to engage with a third party without going through his lawyer,” he explained 

Meanwhile, the Office of the Attorney General has released the full details of the plea bargain letters sent to his office by the 3rd accused, Richard Jakpa, in the ambulance purchase case.

While dismissing the claims by the 3rd accused, the Attorney-General insisted that Richard Jakpa had, instead, sent several letters requesting a plea bargain in a bid for the state to drop all charges against the accused persons. He added that the proposal has not yet been accepted.

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