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Judge to decide suspension of prosecution against Ato Forson on June 6

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The presiding judge in the high-profile ambulance case has scheduled June 6, 2024, as the date to issue a verdict on the requests to suspend the prosecution of Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson and co-accused Richard Jakpa.

The defendants have lodged individual pleas for a cessation of their prosecution, citing allegations by the third defendant, Richard Jakpa. Jakpa, during his cross-examination, leveled accusations against the Attorney General for purported attempts to coerce him into implicating Ato Forson.

Subsequently, the NDC released an audio recording featuring a dialogue between Richard Jakpa and Godfred Dame, aiming to corroborate Jakpa’s claims.

In response, Ato Forson’s legal team submitted a plea for a mistrial declaration, while Jakpa’s counsel requested the dismissal of the charges against them.

Prior to these submissions, Ato Forson’s attorneys had sought a stay of proceedings while awaiting the appeal against a court decision that mandated Ato Forson’s lawyers to conduct a cross-examination of Jakpa ahead of the Attorney General.

Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, upon hearing the case, announced her intention to rule on all pending applications on the forthcoming adjournment date, this Thursday.

During the proceedings, the judge permitted Richard Jakpa’s lawyer to contest certain elements of an affidavit from the Attorney General’s office, which opposed Jakpa’s application to drop the charges.

Thaddeus Sory, representing Jakpa, contended that the affidavit’s facts were sworn by a principal state attorney lacking firsthand knowledge of the events. He maintained that the principal state attorney failed to demonstrate how he came to know the details asserted.

Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame countered the challenge, arguing that the principal state attorney was indeed privy to the facts as claimed in the affidavit, which were acquired through his professional duties.

Dame further argued that the proper course to dispute the affidavit would have been for the accused to submit counter-affidavits, rather than raising legal objections.

The case has been postponed to June 6, when the court is expected to make a determination on the pending motions.

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