There was no show at the Accra High Court trying the case of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has been accused of allegedly trying to incite chaos on a leaked audiotape.
The court had fixed January 11 and January 12 to continue with the cross-examination of a prosecution witness, Chief Inspector Bernard Berko.
But on Monday, the clerk informed the interested parties that the trial judge, Justice Samuel Asiedu, was unwell and thus suggested the case be moved to Tuesday, January 12.
Interested parties, including the NDC National Chairman, were all in court.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo and the NDC’s Communications Officer of the party, Anthony Kwaku Boahen, are standing trial for conspiracy to assault a public officer and conspiracy to cause harm.
In a widely circulated audio, Mr Ofosu-Ampofo is allegedly heard inciting party communicators to assault public officials and plotting to harm some other civilians – allegations he has vehemently denied.
In the audio, apart from inciting the party’s communicators, he is also heard urging them to discredit the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, who replaced a Mahama appointed EC boss, Charlotte Osei.
According to the audio, the plan was to create a general state of insecurity in the country through kidnapping, as well as verbal attacks on the Chairperson of the EC.
Ofosu Ampofo maintains innocence
The former Local Government Minister insisted that his arrest and subsequent trial is borne out of mischief and an attempt by his detractors to frustrate his effort as national chairman of the largest opposition party.
Ofosu Ampofo has refused to give out the names of the said detractors but promised to reveal it in due time.
The NDC Chairman believes he will bounce back stronger as he has learnt useful lessons with the ongoing trial.
Legal counsel for the embattled National Chairman had argued that the audio recording of their client was a breach of his privacy.
The defence team led by Tony Lithur had filed an application asking an Accra High Court to stop the state from presenting a leaked audio recording as evidence of his client’s alleged crime.
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