Ambulance Procurement Trial: Accused Alleges WhatsApp Messages Presented as Evidence Were Altered

by Louisa Afful
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During court proceedings on Thursday, June 20, Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ambulance procurement trial, raised concerns about the integrity of WhatsApp messages presented as evidence by the Attorney General, Godfred Dame. Jakpa alleged that the messages had been inaccurately presented and were not in their original form, suggesting they had been altered to misrepresent his communications with the AG.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, led the cross-examination where Jakpa made these assertions, sparking controversy over the credibility of the evidence in the trial.

The High Court in Accra had previously admitted the WhatsApp chat into evidence, despite Jakpa’s claims of inaccuracies. Trial judge, Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, noted that the court could not reject the evidence submitted by the prosecution, but reserved the right to assess its reliability.

Additionally, the court had already admitted a 16-minute recorded phone conversation between Mr. Dame and Jakpa, where the AG was accused of witness tampering, further complicating the ongoing legal proceedings.

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