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Ambulance Case: There Is No Evidence of Implication in Recorded Conversation - Court

Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe, the presiding judge over the ambulance case between the minority leader and member of parliament for Ajumako Essian Enyan, Dr. cassiel Ato Forson, the Attorney general, Mr. Godfred Dame and the third Accused, Mr. Richard Jakpa, has stated that, the alleged audio recording between the Attorney General and the third Accused does not reveal any form of instruction from the Attorney General to implicate Ato Forson.

During a court proceeding on June 6, 2024, the judge posited that the audio conversation that allegedly ensued between Richard Jakpa and the Attorney General did not reveal any instruction from Godfred Dame for Mr. Jakpa to implicate Ato Forson, as being purported.

It is recalled that lawyers for the former deputy finance minister requested that the content of the audio be brought before the court. This was done in order to seek an end to the prosecutions leveled against them.

The audio conversation was tendered as part of the exhibits in support of the application for mistrial by Dr Cassiel Ato Forson.

However, Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe in dismissing the application for mistrial, assessed the content of the recording, after dismissing the Attorney-General’s objection to the tendering of the pen drive containing the audio.

The Judge noted that the conversation reveals an engagement between Richard Jakpa and Godfred Dame. She stated that the Conversation does not support claims that the Attorney-General asked Richard Jakpa to implicate Ato Forson.

She also found that the Attorney-General did not make a statement that he needed the help of Richard Jakpa to implicate Ato Forson adding that those claims were rather made by Richard Jakpa.

According to Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe, those are rather the words of Richard Jakpa and not the Attorney-General.

For the judge, the only issue of discomfort is the fact that the Attorney-General engaged with the accused who he is prosecuting and the fact that he asked the accused to file a medical excuse.