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Ambulance case: I requested meetings with AG, says Richard Jakpa

Richard Jakpa, the third accused person, during cross-examination said he met with the Attorney General on four diffirent occasions

Richard Jakpa, the third accused person in the trial of Cassiel Ato Forson and two others in the ongoing ambulance case says he requested to have meetings with the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame.

According to Jakpa, he met with the Attorney General on four different occasions. He said the A-G obliged him with his request and agreed on a meeting with him through his cousin, Justice Yonny Kulendi.

The third accused said the purpose of the meeting was to allow him to explain the “whole story” and why charges against him were unfounded.

Jakpa said upon their meeting, he had enough time to explain his story.

During the course of cross-examination, he also made a narration of a conversation between himself and the Attorney General in the presence of the learned Supreme Court judge, Justice Yonny Kulendi.

In response to a question from the learned Dr Bassit Bamba, the accused, Jakpa said he holds the view that the prosecution was based on witch-hunting and political points scoring.

He also said per his narration that the goal of the prosecution was also to have the seat of the minority leader and first accused declared vacant for the conduct of a by-election.

During his cross-examination which followed after the respected Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe gave her ruling on the admissibility of the audio recording, Jakpa gave lengthy answers suggesting that the State and the present government was responsible for the state of the ambulances as they failed to follow a letter of implementation.

Jakpa also was of the view per his responses to questions by Dr Bassit that the ambulances could not have been declared unfit for purpose as the accessories which had to be fitted in the ambulances are yet to be cleared and fitted in the vans which were imported to serve the purposes of ambulances.

Attorney General cross-examines

Lawyers for the first accused, Dr. Ato Forson have ended their cross-examination of Richard Jakpa. The state began its cross-examination today (13 June) and will continue next Tuesday (18 June 2024).

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