Ambulance Trial: Lawyers for Ato Forson request live broadcast of court proceedings

Lawyers for Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader in Parliament and Member of Parliament for Ajumako Enyan Esiam Constituency, have requested the Chief Justice to grant full media access, including live broadcast, of subsequent court proceedings in his ongoing trial.

In a letter dated May 30, 2024, Azizbamba & Associates, counsel for Dr. Forson, made the request citing recent developments that have significantly impacted public perception of the case and the administration of justice.

Dr. Forson was arraigned before the High Court, Accra (Financial & Economic Division “2”) on January 17, 2022, and charged with wilfully causing financial loss to the Republic and intentionally misapplying public property. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution closed its case on February 14, 2023, and the court ruled that Dr. Forson and other accused persons had a case to answer.

The lawyers argued that the live broadcast of the proceedings would ensure transparency and public accountability, and would also help to dispel misconceptions and misinformation about the case.

They cited the trial court’s ruling on the submission of no case to answer, which placed the burden on Dr. Forson to adduce evidence to show that he had authority to issue a request, and emphasized that the accused person only needs to raise a reasonable doubt.

The lawyers requested the Chief Justice to grant their request to ensure that the proceedings are transparent and accessible to the public.

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