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Ambulance case: Recuse yourself over leaked tape – Judge to Attorney-General

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High Court Judge Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe has advised the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Godfred Yeboah Dame to recuse himself from the ongoing ambulance case.

The judge cited the leaked tape between the Attorney-General and the third accused Richard Jakpa in the case where the former was said to have attempted luring the latter into testifying to implicate the Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.

Justice Asare-Botwe said the AG misconducted himself in the recording which is why she is advising him to stand aside and allow someone else to lead the prosecution.

She also struck out a suit brought by the Minority Leader to declare the case a mistrial.

Dr Ato Forson on Monday, June 3 filed a supplementary affidavit in support of the motion on notice for an order of mistrial, injunction and/or stay of proceedings in the ongoing ambulance case against him and two others.

The Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam legislator through his lawyers, cited the secret recording between the Attorney-General Richard Jakpa, arguing it is evidence enough to declare the case a mistrial because Godfred Yeboah Dame misconducted himself.

Dr. Ato Forson and two others are on trial for allegedly causing a financial loss of €2.37 million to the state through a contract to purchase 200 ambulances for the Ministry of Health, among other charges.

Background

Last month, Richard Jakpa, under cross-examination, revealed that the Attorney General had been contacting him at unusual hours to solicit testimony against the Minority Leader, Dr. Ato Forson.

This revelation has sparked discussions among Ghanaians, with some individuals calling for the resignation of Attorney General Godfred Dame.

Dr. Ato Forson, former Deputy Finance Minister and current Minority Leader, is on trial for his alleged involvement in the procurement of defective ambulances for Ghana.

At a press conference, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) played a 16-minute tape allegedly featuring a conversation between the Attorney General and Jakpa.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has refuted the claims made in the audio, asserting that it has been “doctored and manipulated” with malicious intent.

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