Akoto Ampaw expresses concern about Rojo Mettle-Nunoo testifying outside the court
The Lead counsel of the Second Respondent, Lawyer Akoto Ampaw has expressed concern about the the third witness of the Petitioner, Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo who will be given his testimony outside the jurisdiction of the Apex Court.
He appealed for judicial official to be at the the presence of the witness in order for him not to be given testimony based on the guidance of a third party.
Mr Ampaw said the judicial official would be very paramount in this case as coaching during the time that a witness is testifying would not be appropriate.
He argued that even when a person who is outside the country is testifying there is an official to monitor the person so that the person can testify in his own knowledge.
One of the judges on the bench stated that the bench could monitor from Mr Mettle-Nunoo’s demeanour to determine he was being coached by a third party or he was testifying based on his own knowledge.
Mr Rojo Mettle-Nunoo the third witness for John Dramani Mahama is stated by the counsel of the Petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata that he was indisposed and would not be able to testify in the box.
His witness statement was filed yesterday, Thurday, February 4 to testify today in court.
Mr Akoto Ampaw also wanted some part of the witness statements to be amended and called on court to strike out some paragraphs including paragraph 5, 6, 7, 8,9,10,11,12,15,17,18,19,20,22 in the witness statement as they were not born out from the pleadings.
To him, they were serious allegation of material of fact with some raising issue of authenticity which they never talked about earlier in their pleadings and demanded it to be strike out with immediate effect.
“Paragraph 15 is an attempt to seek through the backdoor to demand for application of inspecting EC’s documents,” Mr Ampaw added.