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“This is not a jury trial” – Judge tells lawyers in Ambulance case


Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, a Court of Appeal judge sitting as an additional High Court Justice, has expressed unwavering commitment to the law and evidence before the court in the trial against Dr. Ato Forson, Mr. Richard Jakpa, and another individual for financial loss to the state, among other charges.

Her Ladyship, who expressed displeasure at the public commentary following the sitting on May 23, 2024, made it clear to the lawyers of both sides that “this is not a jury trial. You cannot play with the Court’s brain and mind.”

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She invited Mrs. Marietta Brew-Oppong, the former Attorney General who was in court, and the current Deputy Attorney-General, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, to speak to their team about their commentary on the matter to the public.

The Justice of the Court warned all lawyers against prejudicial commentary in the matter. Dr. Bassit Bamba rose to his feet and forcefully indicated to the court that his side has not made any prejudicial or injurious publication regarding the proceedings before the court, but rather the Attorney General.

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Her Ladyship reiterated her caution and told lawyers to be careful, noting, “we live in a Country where people do not understand the workings of the law and the court.” She added, now wearing a more relaxed face, “allow me room and peace to make a decision.”


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On May 23, 2024, Mr. Sammy Gyamfi, on behalf of the National Democratic Congress, during a press conference, sought to impugn the integrity of the learned Attorney General after the 3rd accused in the Ato Forson trial, Mr. Richard Jakpa, stated that the Attorney General sought his cooperation for the conviction of Dr. Ato Forson.

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