Ambulance case: Sammy Gyamfi has a heated argument with Judge Asare-Botwe in court

There was a heated argument between the Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, and a judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, during the ambulance purchase trial on Tuesday, May 28.

This happened in open court when the trial of Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the minority leader in parliament, resumed on Tuesday.

The exchange began after Judge Asare-Botwe took exception to some comments made by Sammy Gyamfi.

The NDC official insisted he would not accept certain characterizations made by the judge, leading to a more intense altercation.

The back and forth continued until former Attorney General Marrietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, who was in court supporting the minority leader, intervened and called for calm.

The judge then invited the parties together with Sammy Gyamfi and former Attorney General Marrieta Brew Appiah-Oppong to her chambers.

Speaking to JoyNews after the hearing, the National NDC Communications Officer indicated that “the specific reference to me was something that in my humble opinion the court got wrong.”

“And I took the opportunity to draw the court’s attention to the fact that the said comment was not about this court or the presiding judge.”

Regarding the exact comment, Sammy Gyamfi explained: “It was a hypothetical statement, that if you have an attorney general, he can call a suspect on the blind side of his lawyer, knowing that the ethics of the bar are against that , then that person can certainly call a …, then I said what I said, it did not relate to this.

“And I think you’ll see irrefutable evidence that shows that that hypothetical statement that I made is in fact a fact and that that person is in the business of summoning judges and meeting with judges. Not in the present case, but you will see the facts. for yourself,” he said.

Before this incident, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe warned the parties involved in the case to tone down their comments and claims outside court.

According to her, any attempt by any individual to defame the court will not be tolerated.

Addressing the gathering ahead of the start of Tuesday’s hearing, Justice Asare-Botwe noted, however, that she will not be influenced by the comments taking place outside the courtroom.

She also warned the parties involved in the trial not to make any attempts to manipulate public opinion ahead of her judgment.

The warning by the sitting judge follows the ongoing media debate after the third suspect, Richard Jakpa, made some allegations against the Attorney General, Godfred Dame Yeboah.

Mr Jakpa said in open court that the Attorney General had engaged him on several occasions at odd hours to accuse the first accused and minority leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson.

“If he pushes me, I will open Pandora’s box. I don’t understand why the AG will accuse me of defending A1 (Ato Forson) when I am here to defend myself,” Mr Jakpa added during the court proceedings on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Consequently, Justice Asare-Botwe called the Attorney General and Ato Forson’s lawyers into her chambers for a meeting that lasted about 30 minutes. Mr Jakpa’s statements were subsequently recorded.

Although the AG’s office has since responded to the allegations, describing the statement as false and misleading, many are skeptical.

Amid calls for the resignation of the Attorney General, some private lawyers are calling for a special investigation into Godfred Dame’s conduct.

Meanwhile, both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will hold separate press conferences on the issue today, Tuesday, May 28.

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