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Don’t cast a slur on the judiciary – Judge warns Sammy Gyamfi amid Ambulance trial

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During the trial of Republic v Ato Forson & Richard Jakpa & Anor, an incident occurred involving Sammy Gyamfi, the Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which led to a stern warning from Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe.

Sammy Gyamfi was called to approach the Bench, but Justice Asare Botwe redirected him to the dock, where she questioned him about his conduct during a previous court session. She noted a difference in his demeanor inside and outside the courtroom, referring to his behavior during political speeches.

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Lawyers for Dr. Ato Forson clarified the timing of Gyamfi’s entrance to the courtroom, following which Gyamfi made comments to the press about the proceedings. Satisfied with the timing, Justice Asare Botwe discharged Gyamfi from the dock.

The judge then addressed both parties and counsel, warning them against making prejudicial comments on the case. She reminded them of the need for responsible statements, particularly in relation to the reputation of the court.

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Gyamfi attempted to clarify a statement he was alleged to have made, but Justice Asare Botwe emphasized the importance of respect for the court. She instructed Gyamfi to be more responsible in his statements, emphasizing that lawyers should not engage in disrespectful behavior towards the Bench.

The court adjourned to the 4th of June, 2024, after which Justice Asare Botwe instructed Deputy Attorney General Dr. Bassit, learned Tuah Yeboah, Mrs. Marrietta Oppong, and Mr. Sammy Gyamfi to report to her chambers.

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Background

The incident stemmed from comments made by Sammy Gyamfi during a press conference on the 23rd of May, where he sought to impugn the integrity of the Attorney General following claims made by Richard Jakpa, the second accused in the Ato Forson trial, that the Attorney General sought his cooperation in convicting Dr. Ato Forson.

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