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Stop Disrespecting Godfred Dame...He's Our Bar Leader! - Lawyer CID Warns NDC

Lawyer Clement Opoku Gyamfi, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Amansie South District, has warned those verbally attacking the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, to refrain from such attitude.

Lawyer Opoku Gyamfi, affectionately called "CID", contributing to Peace FM's "Kokrokoo" show, outlined the dangers with what the critics of lawyer Godfred Dame are doing to his image, stressing the ethics of law call for respect for every legal practitioner.

He, therefore, reminded the critics of the position of the Attorney-General saying "the Attorney-General is the leader of the bar, regardless of his age. Regardless of the number of years he has practiced, he is the leader of the bar".

"When he enters the court, he is the one who is given audience first", this, he stated with an aim to extinguish the verbal attacks and invectives on the A-G.

Background

The Attorney-General has sued Minority Leader, Cassiel Ato Forson, and one Richard Jakpa at the High Court presided by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe.

Richard Jakpa is on trial with Dr.  Ato Forson over an alleged financial loss to the State.

They are accused of causing financial loss of €2.37 million to the State in a deal to purchase 200 ambulances for the country between 2014 and 2016.

Per the A-G’s facts accompanying the charge sheet, in 2009, while delivering the State of the Nation Address, the then President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, indicated that new ambulances would be purchased to expand the operations of the National Ambulance Service.

Jakpa, a local representative of Big Sea General Trading Limited, a company based in Dubai, approached the Ministry of Health with a proposal that he had arranged for finance from Stanbic Bank for supply of the 200 ambulances but subsequently 30 ambulances were purchased at a sum of €2.37 million, however all were found “not fit for purpose”.

But the case took an interesting turn with Richard Jakpa claiming the A-G approached him to help build a case against the Dr. Ato Forson, who was a former Deputy Finance Minister during the time of the ambulance procurement.

Jakpa had recorded the A-G’s private telephone conversation with him regarding the case.

“A-G has on several occasions engaged me at odd hours to help him make a case against A1 and I have evidence for that. If he pushes me, I will open the Pandora’s box.”

“I don’t understand why the A-G will accuse me of defending A1 when I’m here to defend myself”, Jakpa said in court.

Nonetheless, the audio recording which was tendered in court, according to the presiding Judge, contains no incriminating evidence against the A-G.