The prosecution in the ambulance case involving the Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has been charged with gambling, according to Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin.
In his words, the law must be made to function, but not as a “gamble,” as is allegedly taking place in the trial of former deputy minister of finance Dr. Ato Forson.
In relation to the importation of the 30 ambulances, Dr. Ato Forson, Dr. Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, and businessman Richard Jakpa are on trial.
On October 19, Mr. Alban Bagbin spoke with the spouse and family of the late former majority leader in parliament, Felix Kwasi Owusu-Adjapong, to express his condolences “The Majority Leader [Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu] indicated to me that he had to come ahead, he had some challenges to attend to in Kumasi so he will not be available.
“The Minority Leader, unfortunately, is being persecuted so on a number of these occasions he can’t be with us because he is appearing in court, as at now, he is in court being tried. It is not that we don’t want the rule of law to apply, we all want it to apply but where prosecution is just a gamble, ‘I may win or I may not win but let me do it’, I will not prescribe that for any politician because as a leader you always have to take the risk, you could get it right, you could get it catastrophically wrong.
“Could you be prosecuted because of that? Then there will be tribulation, nobody will have the courage to come out boldly and take decisions where things are really hard.
“These are some of the things that we have to take on board as we continue to work together in Ghana. It happens all over the world, it is not only Ghana, these things happen worldwide, you can go to UK and, US, and they don’t go into prosecution, there are other ways of handling these things. He has been absent the day we were going to President Kufuor’s place he was in court, and today too he is in court.”