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Ambulance trial: Richard Jakpa submits motion to have charges against him dismissed

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The third defendant in the ongoing ambulance trial, Richard Jakpa, has filed a court application seeking to have the charges against him dropped or, alternatively, to have the proceedings halted.

His lawyers submitted the application on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

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In the application, Mr. Jakpa contends that the charges and proceedings initiated by Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame amount to an abuse of court processes and violate the provisions of the 1992 Constitution.

He claims that the Attorney-General is abusing his constitutional authority by prosecuting him without proper justification.

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Mr. Jakpa also alleges that, in private discussions, the Attorney-General admitted there is no case against him.

This assertion further bolsters Mr. Jakpa’s argument that the prosecution is baseless and constitutes an abuse of power.

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“The Attorney-General at whose instance the Third Accused/ Applicant is being prosecuted in the instant suit has 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.”

Last week, Richard Jakpa, the third defendant in the case, alleged that the Attorney-General had urged him to give false testimony against Dr. Ato Forson during the trial.

To bolster Mr. Jakpa’s allegations, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) released a 16-minute phone recording purportedly capturing a conversation between Attorney-General Godfred Dame and Mr. Jakpa.

The recording allegedly reveals Mr. Dame instructing Jakpa on what statements to make in court to incriminate Dr. Ato Forson.

At a press conference on May 28, NDC Chairman Johnson Asiedu Nketia asserted that the tape exposed a coaching session intended to manipulate Mr. Jakpa’s testimony.

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