Godwin Edudzi Tameklo, a member of the National Democratic Congress’ legal team, has criticised Godfred Yeboah-Dame, the attorney general, for treating James Gyakye Quayson, the ousted former MP of Assin North, unfairly in court.
“The AG is emboldened to proceed in this way because he feels like the law and that he is getting special treatment.”
According to a member of the legal team, the attorney general lacks the courage to retract his earlier statements that implied Gyakye Quayson, the ousted MP, was guilty.
“I had assumed the attorney general would have the wherewithal to address the court in the following manner: “My lady, I am the attorney general, I am the law, Ghana’s law belongs to me, I am the judge, I am the prosecutor, I am the complainant, I have convicted him, Nsawam open, let Gyakye Quayson go there.” I assumed he would be a manly man. The attorney general tried to get away from this procedure yesterday in court when it was brought to the court’s notice”.
He also denounced the scenario in which a persistently false effort has been conducted to conflate the “Adamu and Sakande” case with the present Gyakye Quayson issue.
“Clearly, the impression is now set up that you’re up to mischief if you have a situation where the attorney general consistently launches a particular media campaign to give the appearance that the Gyakye Quayson Matter is the same as the Adamu Sakande case.”
The former MP’s continuing criminal prosecution will now be heard daily, according to a decision made by the court on Friday, June 18, 2023.
Gyakye Quayson’s attorneys had made the case that their client was assuming a national responsibility in an effort to represent the residents of Assin North in Parliament; as a result, they claimed that it was necessary to continue the trial after the by-election so that Mr. Gyakye Quayson would have a fair playing field throughout the campaign. Court judges rejected such motion.
But the court once more decided that Mr. Gyakye Quayson is not need to be present in person for the hearing on June 21, 2023, at their most recent meeting.