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Ambulance case: Court cautions Sammy Gyamfi, others on public commentary

Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe warned that any attempt by any individual to scandalise the court will not be tolerated

The judge presiding over the case between the state and Minority Leader, Cassiel Ato Forson and another has cautioned the communication officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi and others to be responsible with their commentaries.

The judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe, who was not satisfied with commentaries on the case, warned that any attempt by any individual to scandalise the court will not be tolerated, stressing that both parties desist from attempting to employ public opinions on the case.

The court engaged Sammy Gyamfi on Tuesday, 28 May 2024, after the judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe thought the NDC’s communications officer was not in court during the cross-examination last week calling him to the docket for questioning on a commentary he made after the proceedings which the court deemed unfit.

In an interview with the communications officer of the National Democratic Congress, Sammy Gyamfi said, “…In principle, the caution of the court is in order.”

He added that his statement was very clear, describing it as a hypothetical statement not intended to scandalise the court or the presiding judge in the trial.

“My statement was very clear, it was a hypothetical statement that if you have an Attorney General who can call an accused person on the blind side of his lawyer when he knows the ethics of the bar prescribes that the person can call a… it was in reference to this and I think that we’ll see the incontrovertible evidence to show that, that hypothetical statement I made is actually a fact.”

Background

The national communications officer of the National Democratic Congress, Sammy Gyamfi on Thursday (23 May 2024) during a press engagement that the Attorney General is capable of calling a judge considering claims by Richard Jakpa that he engaged him at odd hours, threatening to open a pandora box on the case between the state and Ato Forson and another.

This commentary has since sparked calls for the resignation of the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame.

In Court

The legal team for Cassiel Ato Forson have filed two motions; a stay of proceedings and a motion of enquiry.

The deputy attorney general confirmed receipt of the motion, indicating an affidavit in opposition has been filed in response to what was expected to be moved on.

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