Fri, 31 May 2024 Headlines

Dame told me he was pressured by Akufo-Addo and Ofori-Atta to prosecute Ato Forson — Jakpa

Godfred Dame, first accused person in ambulance case[left] and Attorney-General Godfred DameGodfred Dame, first accused person in ambulance case[left] and Attorney-General Godfred Dame

Richard Jakpa, the third accused person in the ambulance procurement case, has accused the Attorney General of having political motives in pursuing the case against him and the first accused person, Cassiel Ato Forson.

In an affidavit filed at the High Court in Accra on May 30, Mr. Jakpa alleged that Attorney General Godfred Dame told him he was under pressure from President Akufo-Addo and former finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta to prosecute Mr. Forson in the case.

"Hon. Dame also explained to me that the first accused's prosecution had to be undertaken because of pressure from the former Minister for Finance [Dr. Ken Ofori Atta and the President) and assured me repeatedly that I was not the target of the prosecution," the affidavit read in part.

Mr. Jakpa further claimed that in several meetings with him, Mr. Dame admitted that there was no case against him as an agent of the government.

However, the Attorney General later contested his submission of no case at the court.

"My first hunch that Hon. Dame may be abusing the trust I reposed in him came when after assuring me that an agent is not liable for the acts of his principal, he [the Attorney-General] filed a submission contesting my submission of no case," further read a portion of the affidavit.

The accused person is arguing that the continued prosecution against him is an abuse of the Attorney General's powers and a violation of his right to a fair trial.

He is praying the court to either strike out the charges against him or stay proceedings, citing political interference.


Isaac Donkor Distinguished
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