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WhatsApp conversation between Richard Jakpa and AG Godfred Yeboah Dame admitted in evidence, What next?

Richard Jakpa
Ambulance trial: Richard Jakpa, the third accused person; and Attorney-General, Godfred Dame.

A High Court in Accra has admitted into evidence the full WhatsApp conversation between Richard Jakpa and Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame

This was after the lawyers of Richard Jakpa objected to the Court admitting the entire WhatsApp conversation between their client and the AG.

The prosecution, during cross-examination, sought to tender into evidence the full complement of the WhatsApp chat, which is said to comprise 68 messages from Richard Jakpa and two responses from Godfred Dame. But Thaddeus Sory, who is representing Richard Jakpa, noted that the conversation submitted, however, differs in comparison with what is on the phone of the accused. Thaddeus Sory argued that the dates shown on the messages of the two do not tally, hence raising issues about the authenticity of the messages addressed. 

According to him, admitting the version of the WhatsApp conversations from the Attorney General will create substantial prejudice.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Attakora Obuobisa, however, asked the court to admit the WhatsApp chats as they are relevant to the case because the accused admitted not submitting the entirety of the conversation.

The judge, however, admitted the WhatsApp conversation presented by the prosecution, adding that the exhibit will not result in any prejudice. 

Deputy Attorney General Alfred Tuah Yeboah, who spoke to the media after the day’s proceedings, said the public should not preempt anything but wait for the proceeding to take its natural course.

NDC Deputy Minister of Communications Felix Kwakye Fosu also spoke after the proceedings.

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