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Ambulance case: Allegations against Attorney General political witch-hunt, says legal practitioner

Lawyer Clinton’s assertion follows media reports suggesting a calculated attempt to entrap the Attorney General, further complicating the high-stakes legal proceedings

Private legal practitioner Amanda Clinton has said the recent allegations against the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, as a “political witch-hunt.”

Lawyer Clinton’s assertion follows media reports suggesting a calculated attempt to entrap the Attorney General, further complicating the high-stakes legal proceedings.

The controversy primarily involves Richard Jakpa, who stands trial alongside former deputy minister for finance and Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson.

The case concerns an alleged €2.3 million financial loss to the state stemming from the procurement of ambulances.

Jakpa has accused the Attorney General of inappropriate communications, claiming that Dame pressured him to falsify testimony against Ato Forson.

Speaking on the Big Bulletin on Monday (27 May), Clinton expressed her scepticism regarding the allegations, emphasising the politically charged atmosphere in which they have emerged.

“Ultimately, I just think that it’s a little bit of a witch hunt,” Clinton stated, highlighting the intense political rivalries at play.

Clinton questioned the timing and intent behind the revelations, suggesting that the accusations might be politically motivated efforts to tarnish Dame’s reputation.

“In honesty, they would have to look at the right direction and see that perhaps the Attorney General might have been within his remit,” she said, alluding to the possibility that Dame’s actions were legally justified.

The alleged plot to entrap the Attorney General reportedly occurred last April at the home of a Supreme Court judge, a close relative of the accused.

Jakpa, suspected of secretly recording the Attorney General, disclosed these interactions in court, alleging that Dame had met with him at odd hours to coerce him into fabricating evidence against Ato Forson.

“This whole situation seems orchestrated to cast a shadow over the Attorney General’s office,” she added, pointing to the potential for these allegations to cause significant political embarrassment.

Reporting by Caleb Ahinakwah in Accra

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