NDC Reveals How Attorney-General’s Misconduct Can Land Him In Jail

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Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress ( NDC), said per the conversation of the leaked tape recording of 16 minutes and 5 seconds between Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney-General(A-G) and Richard Jakpa, Ato Forson, the Minority Leader is innocent of the charge of causing financial lost to the State.

According to the 16 and 5-second recording put out by the NDC at a news conference in Accra, Godfred Yeboah Dame is heard impressing Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ongoing criminal trial of Ato Forson with regards to the importation of 30 ambulances into Ghana by Big Sea Trading Limited of Dubai to give false testimonies to the High Court and implicate him so he will be jailed.

The A-G had based his prosecution of the Minority Leader on his views that there had been a financial loss to the state because he(Ato Forson) as Deputy Minister of Finance, wrote letters to the Bank of Ghana requesting the Bank to set up Letters of Credit in favour of Big Sea Trading Limited of Dubai, suppliers of the ambulances in question, without authorisation from his then boss and Finance Minister, Hon. Seth Terkper.

However, when Seth Terkper appeared before the court he stated unequivocally under oath that he gave express authorisation to his then Deputy Minister of Finance, Ato Forson, to write the said letters to the Bank of Ghana for Letters of Credit to be established in respect of the ambulance transaction.

Asiedu Nketiah said this authorisation is evidenced by the seal of the Ministry of Finance that is apparent on the face of the letter written by Hon. Ato Forson.

He said, “It is clear from the incontrovertible evidence we have adduced today, that the government has no evidence of wrongdoing against the Minority Leader but is only involved in fabrications to persecute him as retribution for his strong opposition to the economic mismanagement and general misrule of the Akufo-Addo and Bawumia government.

These damning revelations call into question the integrity of the case of the prosecution in the ongoing Ambulance trial and the necessity for same. Godfred Yeboah Dame has brought shame and disrepute to the honourable office of the Attorney-General with his criminal, devious, and vicious conduct.

He is a danger to fairness and justice in our judicial system and represents the lowest point in the history of persons who have occupied the hallowed office of Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

While we have pointed out many times that Godfred Yeboah Dame epitomises all that is inherently wrong in vesting both the office of the Attorney-General and the Minister of Justice in the same person, we believe that he has recklessly abused both offices and his continuous stay in office is no longer tenable.

The primary responsibility of the Attorney-General is to be the voice of the rule of law, ensure the impartial enforcement of the law, and advise the President and government to take actions that conform to the law.

More importantly, an Attorney-General must be a shining example and a leading light for the Bar, not a criminal-minded, crooked, devious, and vicious person who is pre-occupied with witch hunting and victimisation, as has become the cup of tea of Godfred Yeboah Dame.

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Godfred Yeboah Dame has demonstrated time without number that he cannot prioritise the national interest over his party’s parochial and self-serving interest.

He must therefore resign or be sacked by the President without delay.” The National Chairman of the NDC said the audio recording provides incontrovertible evidence of professional misconduct on the part of Godfred Yeboah Dame as a lawyer and a prosecutor.

He said, “By talking to a represented person in an ongoing trial, on the blindside of the represented person’s lawyer and urging the represented person to testify in a manner that aids the prosecution’s case, Godfred Yeboah Dame violently violated the legal profession’s professional conduct and etiquette.”

Source: Adovor Nutifafa
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