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General News | Apr 2, 2004

Kwei's Tape Cannot Be Brought From London

GNA

In a move that strongly suggests that the intelligence agencies have intensified their campaign against Captain Kojo Tsikata (Rtd) in the wake of his very credible evidence at the NRC, an Accra newspaper published that the tape of Joaquim Amartey Kwei's confession to ex-President Rawlings may be brought from London.

According to the newspaper, one Alex Asabre, an anti-NDC London-based Ghanaian exile had written to 'The Independence' of London for a copy of the tape. The letter allegedly reads as follows: “With respect to the telephone conversation that I had with you, I would be very grateful if your department can get a copy of the tape on the murder of the three High Court Judges for me.

This is important because the case is now at the Ghana's Reconciliation Commission and will help greatly to establish the circumstances surrounding the murder of the three High Court Judges.

I am also very grateful for the previous information sent to me.” According to the newspaper, Asabre claimed that his letter was based on the suspicion that the tape was tendered in evidence when the former National Security Chief, Captain Kojo Tsikata (Rtd) sued the London-based 'Independent' newspaper in a London High Court for libel.

The newspaper concluded that if the tape is found and subsequently brought down, it may raise serious questions about ex-President Rawlings' evidence before the NRC that he could not find the tape when Captain Tsikata requested for it to use as evidence in his suit against 'The Independent' of London.

Ghana Palaver has found that once again, this whole story was all the fingerprints of the National Security Coordinator's Office written all over it. It is a big hoax concocted by elements in that Office in their undeclared war of attrition and of nerves against Captain Tsikata (Rtd).

Ghana Palaver sources close to 'Independence' of London are certain that the tape was never tendered in evidence by Captain Tsikata and therefore never came into the custody of either the London court or 'The Independent' of London. Ghana Palaver has also learnt that the whole scenario is a well-concocted plan by the intelligence agencies designed to raise doubts about ex-President Rawlings' evidence that he could not find the tape when Captain Tsikata wanted it.

One source within the National Security Coordinator's Office told us that indeed Mr Alex Asabre had written to Mr Louis Haymann, Head of Legal Services at 'The Independent' of London, but at the instigation of officials of the National Security Coordinator's Office, and in the full knowledge that 'The Independent' did not have the tape.

“The whole purpose of that entire charade was to get Mr Alex Asabre to produce his letter as evidence that he had written to inquire about the tape, in order to hoodwink an unsuspecting newspaper into publishing a story that the tape may exist and that Jerry may have lied”, out source at the National Security Coordinator's Office confided in us.

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