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Ambulance Case: Court Admits into Evidence 68 WhatsApp Messages Sent by Richard Jakpa

Prosecutors on Tuesday had tried to tender in the messages as evidence, telling the court the significant number of messages sent by Richard Jakpa, compared to Godfred Dame's two responses proved a point

The High Court has admitted into evidence 68 WhatsApp messages that were sent by the third accused in the ambulance purchase trial Mr Richard Jakpa to Attorney-General Godfred Dame.

Prosecutors on Tuesday had tried to tender in the messages as evidence, telling the court the significant number of messages sent by Richard Jakpa, compared to Godfred Dame’s two responses proved a point.

Under cross-examination, Jakpa confirmed that the copy of his WhatsApp conversation with the AG which was earlier tendered in evidence by lawyers for Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, does not capture the entirety of the conversation.

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“I presented the relevant portions of the conversation that will make my case. The WhatsApp conversation was between the Attorney General and me and he is at liberty to bring the other portion if he feels it will discredit what I have put here. But to me they were not relevant,” he told the court.

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But defence lawyers objected to the submission requesting more time to review the messages.

At a hearing on Thursday and noting her decision to admit into evidence the WhatsApp conversation, Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe said she could not reject what the prosecution described as the complete conversation.

The court had earlier admitted into evidence a recorded phone conversation between Jakpa and the AG. It was on the basis of that recording that the accused persons (Minority leader Cassiel Ato Forson and Jakpa) requested that the court declare a mistrial and dismiss the charges against them altogether.


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