Deputy Attorney-General Defends Comments Amid Allegations of Prejudging Ambulance Trial

by Louisa Afful
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Deputy Attorney-General Alfred Tuah-Yeboah has refuted allegations of prejudging the ongoing ambulance trial, asserting his professional integrity and legal expertise. Speaking on TV3’s KeyPoints on Saturday, June 15, 2024, Tuah-Yeboah responded to criticism from Asante Akyem North MP Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, who accused him of evaluating evidence in the media.

Tuah-Yeboah, with 23 years of legal experience, emphasized that he has not crossed any lines in his commentary. The controversy arose after the Accra High Court admitted an audio recording between Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame and Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the trial, as evidence.

Following the court proceedings on June 13, Tuah-Yeboah told the media, “In terms of the content [of the audio], we are not minded by that, because it is something that is in the public domain but as to whether you can tender a recorded audio, it is something that we don’t want to test.” This statement led to Appiah-Kubi’s criticism, who argued that Tuah-Yeboah’s comments were contemptuous and prejudged the case.

Tuah-Yeboah defended his stance by phoning into the show, clarifying that his remarks were not contemptuous and did not prejudge the case.

The Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, admitted the audio recording into evidence. The tape was submitted by Richard Jakpa to support his claim that the Attorney-General pressured him to falsify testimony against the first accused, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, who is also the Minority Leader in Parliament.

During her ruling, Justice Asare-Botwe noted that the tape did not show any direct instruction from the Attorney-General to implicate Dr. Ato Forson but admitted it on the grounds of fairness. “Having listened to the conversation between [Richard Jakpa] and A-G, the allegation that A-G sought assistance to implicate [Ato Forson] was not borne out of the mouth of the A-G but [Richard Jakpa],” she stated.

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