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Ambulance purchase trial: Dame went his way to ‘procure’ evidence to secure conviction – Inusah Fuseini

Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central and private legal practitioner Inusah Fuseini has accused the Attorney-General, Godfred Dame of unethical conduct in his attempt to coerce an accused person, Richard Jakpa, to assist him in implicating Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson in the ongoing ambulance purchase trial.

Mr Inusah Fuseini’s comment follows the release of an audio conversation between Richard Jakpa and Mr Dame, as well as the former’s new application asking the High Court to strike out the charges against or stay the prosecution.

The third accused contends that the Attorney-General, at whose instance he is being prosecuted brought the charges and instituted the proceedings in abuse of the process of the court and contrary to his constitutional obligations under Articles 23 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution.

He also accused the Attorney-General of abusing his prosecutorial powers contrary to the 1992 Constitution.

According to him, the A-G has, through his engagements with him (Jakpa), admitted that there is no case against him.

An application filed on his behalf by his lawyers, Sory @ Law, on Thursday, May 30, further argued that his continued prosecution violates his rights to a fair trial.

However, the private legal practitioner in an interview with TV3 on Friday, May 31, emphasised that the audio recording of conversations between the third accused and Godfred Dama has given a “new twist” to the case.

Asked whether he shares the same concerns amongst a section of Ghanaians about the trial being “politically motivated” to get at the Minority Leader, Dr Ato Forson, the former NDC MP said, “We were following the trial; we all as lawyers have our views, and as a politician I have my view on why Ato Forson is being prosecuted.”

“We were following to see whether justice will be served…the core values that Ghana stands by are freedom and justice.

“So we were seeing whether justice will be served in the matter. Whether the judge in view of the facts being adduced, evidence being led in court and all the matters that are coming before the court, will properly exercise its jurisdiction in determining the case.

“Now there’s a new twist and Richard [Jakpa] is telling us that there must be a conviction at all costs, and so I should lead evidence in a particular way so it gives the impression that Attorney-General is going out of his way, which is unethical to procure evidence to be able to secure a conviction and that is what is leading to all this,” he said.

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