Ambulance Trial Accused Richard Jakpa Faces Financial Demands from Sympathizers After Court Testimony

by Louisa Afful
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Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ongoing ambulance purchase trial, spent June 18 and 20 in the witness box at the Accra High Court, answering questions from the Director of Public Prosecution, Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa.

After his testimony on June 20, Jakpa faced additional challenges outside the courtroom. A video shared by GHOne TV showed Jakpa being confronted by sympathizers demanding money in the court complex car park.

In the video, Jakpa, while trying to move his Toyota Land Cruiser, pleaded for understanding. “I am fighting for my liberty, you people too want to make money from me again,” he said. “Don’t you understand what I am saying? I am fighting for my liberty. It is expensive, now you people too want to make money from me again?”

Felix Kwakye Ofosu, an aide to former President John Dramani Mahama, joined Jakpa in his car as they drove out of the premises.

Jakpa is on trial alongside former Deputy Finance Minister Cassiel Ato Forson over the purchase of ambulances. Both men have pleaded not guilty to charges of wilfully causing financial loss to the state, amounting to over 2.7 million euros.

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