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06.05.2019 General News

Ampofo's 'Leaked Tape' Case Adjourned To May 27

Ofosu Ampofo, NDC National Chairman
MAY 6, 2019 GENERAL NEWS
Ofosu Ampofo, NDC National Chairman

An Accra high court has adjourned the case involving the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and a Deputy Communications officer Kweku Boahen to May 27.

The court presided over by Justice Samuel Asiedu, adjourned the case after the prosecution told the court they only filed their documents this morning.

Speaking to the media after the hearing, Dr. Dominic Ayine, a former Deputy Attorney General and also one of the lawyers of the defendant explained "there was an order during the last adjourned date for the documents to be relied upon by the Attorney General to be served on the Defence. The AG had three weeks to serve those documents on the defense they didn't file until this morning and the documents had not been served on us at the time we were in court as a result of that matter the court could not proceed to hear the matter today."

In respect of the second accused person, he said a notice of alibi has been served to the court, which is to say the accused person was not present at the meeting of the subject matter of the prosecution.

He stated that the court will be looking into that matter at the next adjourn date.

"Before we came the documents had not been served on us and we knew that pursuant to the order of the court we were entitled to have those documents before any hearing could take place so we anticipated that there will be an adjournment today," he said.

Background

The leaked audio purported to be the voice of Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo in a meeting with NDC communicators had him saying: “We’re going to take her [Chairperson of the Electoral Commission] to the cleaners.”

“As for the EC Chair, we must wage a relentless war on this EC Chair. Me, she doesn’t want to see my face,” Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo is alleged to have said.

In the audio, he also gave his blessing to the party communicators to insult the Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, the Chairman of the National Peace Council.

“For the first time, I’ll endorse insulting the National Peace Council Chair,” he said.

The alleged meeting between Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo and NDC communicators has aimed at planning strategies ahead of the 2020 general election.

When the issue of the leaked tape went viral, the NDC described it as concocted and false.

A statement signed by Mr. Gyamfi and released by the party dismissed the authenticity of the said tape and accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some members of the government of being the masterminds behind the tape.

The NDC, therefore, urged the public to disregard the said audio, which had gone viral, and “treat all of its content with the contempt it deserves”.

Subsequently, Mr. Ampofo after reporting to the CID for investigations was formally arrested and was charged accordingly with a threat of harm, conspiracy to harm a public officer and proceeded to write his statement.

After that, he was granted bail in the sum of Gh¢400,000 with two sureties.

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