The third accused person in the Ato Forson trial, Richard Jakpa has told the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and all other persons claiming the audio that he secretly made against the Attorney-General Godfred Dame has been doctored to bring the original tape.

In his view, the tape that he released which was played by the National Chairman of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia at a press conference has not been recorded.

“They are saying it is a doctored tape, I didn’t say that so they should bring the original, They should tender the original to the court,” he told journalists in court on Tuesday, June 4 when asked for his response on the claim that the tape was doctored.

Jakpa had accused Attorney-General Godfred Dame of influencing him to support his case against Ato Forson’s trial. The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) however tape as “doctored and manipulated” with malicious intent

The Minority Leader Dr. Ato Forson, Sylvester Anemana as well as private businessman, Richard Jakpa, are standing trial for willfully causing a financial loss of €2.37 million to the state through a contract to purchase 200 ambulances for the Ministry of Health, among other charges.

The state has, however, discontinued the case against Sylvester Anemana.

It is recalled that during court proceedings on Thursday, May 23, 2024, Mr Jakpa fumed at the Attorney-General for accusing him of defending Ato Forson, in his testimony.

The businessman, who was under cross-examination by counsel for the Minority Leader, had earlier been warned by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe to be direct in his responses rather than going around it and wasting the Court’s time.

Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame, reacting to the judge’s caution, accused Richard Jakpa of defending the Minority Leader.

This triggered the third accused, who retorted that the Attorney-General appeared pained because he had engaged him to help the state make a case against Dr Cassiel Ato Forson.


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