Businessman in Ambulance Trial Clarifies Recording Controversy

by Louisa Afful
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Businessman Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ongoing ambulance procurement trial, clarified his interactions with his cousin, Supreme Court judge Justice Yonny Kulendi. Jakpa responded to claims that he recorded a conversation with the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, at Kulendi’s residence.

Jakpa testified that Dame had pressured him to falsify his testimony against Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) supported Jakpa’s claim by releasing a 16-minute audio recording of Jakpa and Dame’s conversation.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) anticipated the NDC’s evidence, with National Organizer Henry Nana Boakye asserting that the recording occurred at Justice Kulendi’s house. However, Jakpa denied recording any conversations at his cousin’s residence, emphasizing that he respected the sanctity of Kulendi’s home.

Jakpa explained that he only recorded Dame during one-on-one engagements outside Kulendi’s house. He stressed that family ethics prevented him from making recordings at Kulendi’s home, describing it as a safe space for family members.

He clarified that it was the prosecution, not him, who brought Kulendi’s name into the matter. The prosecution assumed the recordings were made at Kulendi’s house because the Attorney General had met Jakpa there multiple times.

Jakpa maintained that he adhered to family rules and did not involve Justice Kulendi in the recording issue.

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