Court dismisses Ato Forson’s application for mistrial in the Ambulance case

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Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson’s request for a mistrial in the ongoing Ambulance case has been denied by an Accra High Court.

It comes after multiple applications that Richard Jakpa, the third accused, and the first accused filed.

The applications include a motion asking the court to drop charges against the businessman, an order of inquiry into the Attorney-General’s behavior in response to Richard Jakpa’s claims that the A-G has been calling him at strange hours, an order of mistrial intended to end the case, a stay of proceedings until the application is decided, and an order of inquiry into the Attorney-General’s conduct.

Three of the motions were filed by the Minority Leader and former Deputy Finance Minister, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson; the businessman filed the final one.

Dr. Ato Forson expressed concerns about the leaked tape in his affidavit, which was filed on Friday, May 31, stating that he believes it shows professional malpractice on the AG’s behalf.

These recordings were sent in together with the application that was filed.

However, the AG’s office argued in a later petition that these are part of the accused people’s attempts to avoid justice.

Judge Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe denied the request for a mistrial in today’s courtroom.

She clarified that neither did the Minority Leader look into the AG’s actions nor present any evidence that would support a mistrial in this case.

Regarding the request for an investigation into the claims that the Attorney-General called Mr. Jakpa at strange hours, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe concluded that the request lacked legal support.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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