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Big Sea CEO Testifies in Ambulance Purchase Trial

Its CEO, Hamed Sardashti, will testify via video link at 11:30 Ghana time as the first Defence Witness for the third accused person Richard Jakpa

The CEO of Dubai-based company, Big Sea General Trading LLC, is expected it testify as a witness in the ambulance purchase trial involving Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson and businessman Richard Jakpa.

Big Sea was the firm contracted by Ghana’s government in 2012 to supply 200 ambulances – a matter that is now the subject of a criminal lawsuit. Its CEO, Hamed Sardashti, will testify via video link at 11:30 Ghana time as the first Defence Witness for the third accused person Richard Jakpa, who had been the company’s representative during the time of the contract.

Big Sea specialising in ambulance production, began shipping an initial batch of 10 ambulances in December 2014, after signing a contract with the Ghanaian government.

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“In February 2015, the company invited three key officials from the Ministry of Health to its production facility in Dubai. This visit aimed to address concerns raised by the Ministry in a post-delivery inspection report regarding the first ten ambulances shipped to Ghana,” Joy news reported.

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That ministerial delegation according to the report raised concerns about certain aspects of the ambulances that required rectification and suggested incorporating additional features to meet the standards of Ghana’s ambulance service.

However, the current government maintains the ambulances that were supplied were defective. In fact, the Attorney-General called it “fake’ ambulances, and that is why Richard Jakpa and Ato Forson, who was then a deputy finance minister are being prosecuted on charges of causing a 2.37 million euros financial loss to the state.

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