Over Secret Tape Recording
The Akufo-Addo government, yesterday surprised many by arraigning the National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, as well as the party’s Deputy Communications Officer, Kwaku Boahen, before the Commercial Court as opposed to the normal Criminal Court.
The Commercial Court is known for handling commercial cases involving private parties as well as commercial crimes against the state, and it is not clear, why the two national officers of the NDC, charged with conspiracy to cause harm and assault on a public officer, have been put before the Commercial Court.
They have, however, pleaded not guilty, and granted bail to the tune of GHc100, 000 with one surety each, and were ordered to reappear in court on May 6 to stand trial over statements they allegedly made in a leaked audio tape.
But a Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Kpemka, says the prosecution will be able to produce evidence to back the charges levelled against the accused persons.
“We just gave out the charges and the facts. The evidence will be led by witnesses in court and we will be tendering documents. We are not going to discuss the merits of the matter but we made a judgement and it was based on looking at the entire facts and circumstances of the matter before arriving at the charges that we have proffered against the accused persons and we are confident of the facts that we will be able to present facts to back the charges,” he said.
Flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama and other bigwigs in the NDC, such as Nana Ato Dadzie, General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and Joyce Bawa Mogtari, were in Court to witness proceedings.
The Akufo-Addo government, charged Mr Ofosu Ampofo for court over statements he allegedly made in a leaked audio tape.
Mr Ampofo, is being represented by Abraham Amaliba, Tony Lithur, Dominic Ayine and Edudzi Tamakloe, as Counsels.
Ofosu Ampofo is facing charges of Conspiracy to cause harm and assault against a public officer.
Kwaku Boahen, who is facing the same charges is expected to appear before the Commercial High Court later in the day.
The Police, had insisted that some of Ofosu Ampofo’s comments, have implications on national security.
Mr Ampofo, first honoured an invitation by the CID in March over the matter and insisted that the tape was doctored and not his voice.
He was granted bail of GHc 40,000 with two sureties after his arrest.
Although he maintained that a meeting was convened at the party’s office after the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, he said the utterances attributed to him were not a true representation of what transpired.
Mr Ampofo was invited after being heard in a leaked audio recording outlining plans to match up against groups from the governing NPP ahead of the 2020 elections.
His plans also included verbal attacks on the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, and the Chairperson of the Peace Council, Prof. Emmanuel Asante.
The NDC chairman said his approach to the election was going to be different and said there were plans for “covert and overt operations.”
The NDC’s first response to the leaks was to say its offices were bugged.
The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi said: “we know the government is engaged in illegal espionage activities in this country; employing state resources and the national security apparatus to spy on political opponents.”
But the government denied the claims.