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Was Attorney-General Entrapped in Ambulance Case?

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is poised to release a tape recording implicating a Supreme Court judge, Mr. Richard Jakpa, an accused in the ongoing ambulance purchase trial, and Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame.

 

This recording, reportedly made at the judge’s residence, allegedly includes a phone call from Mr. Dame to Mr. Jakpa.

In a Facebook post, NDC’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, announced that the party would soon reveal details of what they deem as Mr. Dame’s unprofessional conduct. The NDC plans to use the tape to argue that the prosecution of Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson and two others, accused of causing financial loss to the state through ambulance purchases, is politically motivated persecution.

Prominent figures, including former President John Mahama, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, and various NPP and NDC members, have called for the case to be dropped. However, Attorney-General Dame has disregarded these appeals.

The Alleged Entrapment Incident:

The incident allegedly began when Mr. Dame was invited to the home of a Supreme Court Justice. During their conversation, Mr. Jakpa, whom the judge introduced as a cousin, joined them. Mr. Jakpa reportedly inquired about a plea bargaining proposal and accused Mr. Dame of being obstructive and biased.

In response, Mr. Dame purportedly explained that the plea bargaining process had stalled due to the accused’s strategies. He also mentioned that Dr. Ato Forson had approached him to discuss a plea bargain but was hesitant to acknowledge wrongdoing in writing. Unbeknownst to Mr. Dame, this conversation was recorded.

In the recorded conversation, Mr. Dame suggested that if Mr. Jakpa testified truthfully and without evasion, a plea bargain might be achievable. Mr. Jakpa accused Mr. Dame of seeking his conviction, to which Mr. Dame advised cooperation to facilitate a plea deal.

The following day, Mr. Dame called Mr. Jakpa to request an adjournment due to a Cabinet obligation, unaware that this call was also being recorded. Mr. Jakpa insisted he couldn’t miss court as a bench warrant had been issued for his previous absence. Subsequently, Mr. Dame communicated the same request to Mr. Jakpa’s lawyer, who later discussed the plea bargain proposal with him.

Plea Bargaining Proposals:

Several plea bargaining proposals were submitted to the Attorney-General’s office between April and May 2023. Despite these efforts, the case continued, and on March 30, 2023, the court ruled that a prima facie case had been established against all accused, who were required to present their defense.

The upcoming release of the tape by the NDC is likely to intensify the debate over the fairness and motivations behind the ongoing trial.

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