GBA’s silence on AG’s conduct on Ambulance saga shocking – Della Sowah

GBA’s silence on AG’s conduct on Ambulance saga shocking – Della Sowah

Member of Parliament (MP) for Kpando Constituency, Della Sowah has described as shocking the seeming silence of the Ghana Bar Association(GBA) on the conduct of Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame in the recent ambulance saga.

This stems from a leaked phone conversation in which Mr Dame appears to coerce the third accused in the ongoing ambulance case, Richard Jakpa to implicate Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson.

According to her, as an association that is concerned about ethical standards, their silence on a breach of ethics is shocking and worrying.

“Legally, it is totally forbidden for a prosecutor to confer with or interview an accused person. Rule 56(2)(d) of the Legal Profession (Professional and Etiquette) Rules, 2020 (L.I 2423),” she added.

Speaking to the media, she said the association should, as a matter of urgency, make a bold statement condemning the conduct of the AG, which does not promote the justice delivery system of Ghana.

According to her, posterity will judge the GBA should they fail to address the matter in line with their ethical standards.

“Why has the GBA kept quiet on a leader of the bar who should hold the profession in high esteem, or they only find their voices when it’s against the National Democratic Congress?” she queried.

She concluded by asking, “Is this what they want young lawyers to learn? They want them to reach out to witnesses in matters and impress on them to bear false testimonies without the knowledge of their lawyers?”

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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