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Ambulance Case: Gov’t persecuting Minority Leader – Speaker

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The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has expressed his criticism of the trial of Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson in the ambulance case, labeling it as “persecution.”

During his visit to the family of the late former Majority Leader, Felix Kwasi Owusu-Adjapong, Mr. Bagbin conveyed his reservations about the ongoing trial, which he considers unjust.

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Mr. Bagbin underscored the significance of upholding the rule of law while contending that the trial against Dr. Ato Forson appears more of a “gamble” than a fair legal process.

He emphasized the need for the legal process to be impartial and free from bias.

He stated that although he advocates for the rule of law, the prosecution in this case seems to prioritize winning or losing over a fair legal process.

The trial of Dr. Ato Forson, Dr. Sylvester Anemana, and businessman Richard Jakpa pertains to the importation of 30 ambulances, with former Finance Minister Seth Terkper testifying in court that he had authorized Dr. Ato Forson to request Letters of Credit (LCs) to secure the supply of the ambulances.

On a different topic, Speaker Bagbin questioned the police administration’s decision to grant permission for the Fixing The Country Movement to stage a protest at the former president’s office, which he described as an “avoidable mistake.”

Mr. Bagbin raised concerns about the potential for increased tension and conflict, particularly as the youth wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has also planned a clean-up exercise at the same location.

Mr. Bagbin stressed the importance of the police administration addressing these issues and acting responsibly to avert potential security problems arising from such protests.

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