Jakpa Alleges Pressure from Attorney-General to Jail Minority Leader in Ambulance Trial

by Louisa Afful
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Richard Jakpa, a key respondent in the ambulance purchase trial, has alleged in court that Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame pressured him to ensure the imprisonment of Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson. Jakpa stated that Dame cited directives from the President and Finance Minister.

Testifying at the Accra High Court on June 13, 2024, Jakpa claimed Dame insisted on declaring Forson’s seat vacant by early May to meet constitutional requirements for a by-election. Jakpa quoted Dame saying, “If I can cooperate and get Ato Forson just one month in Nsawam, his seat will be declared vacant, and we will go for a by-election.”

Jakpa also mentioned Dame’s strategy to win the by-election in the Central Region by injecting funds. “Central Region is cheap; we will pump money into it and win the election,” Dame allegedly said.

An audio recording presented in court, admitted by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, captured Dame coercing Jakpa to delay the trial by feigning illness. This revelation has raised concerns about political interference in the judicial process.

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