Attorney-General Cross-Examines Accused in Ambulance Trial, Disputes Over Military Dismissal Emerge

by Louisa Afful
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Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame, represented by Director of Public Prosecution Yvonne Attakorah Oboubisa, cross-examined Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ambulance trial, focusing on Jakpa’s military career.

Jakpa, dismissed from the military in 2008 for insubordination and failing promotional exams, disputed these claims. He asserted that he was released, not dismissed, and blamed his difficulties on the political actions of his late father, who supported Jerry John Rawlings during the June 4th uprising.

Jakpa claimed he excelled in various tests and was targeted due to political biases. He mentioned that his intelligence was recognized by Brigadier-General Emmanuel Okyere (retired), now National Security Adviser, who disclosed that Jakpa’s exam failures were due to human interference.

Jakpa revealed he contacted the Attorney-General through WhatsApp, sending 68 messages but receiving only two responses. He denied any prior interaction with the Attorney-General and stated he was urged to reach out to thank him for assistance with a bail bond issue.

The court has ordered National Security to identify who recorded and leaked part of the proceedings. The case is adjourned to Thursday for the defence to review new prosecution documents.

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