Ofosu-Ampofo fights court’s acceptance of statement witness disowned


The National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, has filed an appeal against a decision made by an Accra High Court to accept a statement made by a witness and brought to the court by prosecutors as evidence.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo and Anthony Kweku Boahen, a Deputy Communication Officer of the party, are on trial over an alleged leaked tape in which they are accused of inciting violence against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, and the Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante.

The two have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit assault against a public officer while Mr Ofosu-Ampofo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault against a public officer.

The NDC Chairman, who filed the appeal on Wednesday, 5 February 2020 at the Court of Appeal through his lawyers, claimed that since the witness denied any knowledge of the content, it means the statement of the witness cannot hold.

The prosecution witness, who is a broadcast journalist with Accra-based Adom FM, Benjamin Osei Ampofo Adjei, last week explained to the court that the content in the statement was not authored by him.

He, however, agreed that the statement bore his signature and indicated that a document which he could not read because he was on his way to read the news, was brought to him to sign.

The witness statement was, however, accepted as evidence by the High Court.

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