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Richard Jakpa: Dame told me Akufo-Addo, Ofori-Atta wanted Ato Forson prosecuted

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In the Ambulance case that is currently being heard, the third defendant, Richard Jakpa, has revealed that the Attorney General, Godfred Dame, confided in him about being coerced by President Akufo-Addo and the ex-Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to initiate legal action against Ato Forson.

Jakpa made this revelation as part of a fresh plea submitted to the court with the aim of dismissing the accusations he faces.

In the course of his testimony last week, Jakpa let slip that the Attorney General had been reaching out to him at odd hours, pressuring him to incriminate the Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.

Dr. Ato Forson, who has a history of serving as the Deputy Finance Minister and presently holds the position of Minority Leader, is being prosecuted for his supposed role in the acquisition of substandard ambulances for Ghana. The controversy surrounding this trial has sparked widespread debate and prompted calls from some quarters for the Attorney General to step down.

“Jakpa further avers that Godfred Dame has told him that the reason for his inclusion in the prosecution is to mask the real intention behind the whole trial.

“And that, he instituted the instant action, because the President of the Republic and then Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, were mounting pressure on him to persecute the then ranking Member for Finance and now Minority Leader, Hon. Ato Forson.”

Jakpa’s legal team has submitted an application in court, requesting that the charges against him be dismissed or, alternatively, that the proceedings be suspended.

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