Abodakpi Attacks Kufuor

Former Ghanaian President John Kufuor adA former Minister of Trade and Industry under the Jerry Rawlings administration who was jailed when J. A. Kufuor became President of Ghana, has exonerated the then Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Nana Akufo-Addo of complicity in what he believes is the miscarriage of justice which resulted in his incarceration.

Mr. Abodakpi, who was then Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta, was sentenced to a 10-year jail term on February 5, 2007 after a trial that began in 2002 for willfully causing financial loss of $400,000 to the state.

He was tried and found guilty, together with the late Victor Selormey, a former Deputy Minister of Finance on the counts of conspiracy to commit crime, defrauding by false pretences and willfully causing a total loss of ¢2.73 billion to the state.

Speaking, however, on Adom FM yesterday, Mr. Abodakpi maintained that the facts did not support his conviction but it was only pushed through on the orders of President John Agyekum Kufuor, accusing the former President of carrying out a political vendetta.

According to Ghana’s former ambassador to Malaysia, “President Kufuor called for the docket and advised that some (of the people implicated) should be prosecuted, although the Attorney General advised him not to pursue the case in that manner. I think Akufo-Addo did a professional job, as lawyer and Attorney-General (when he kicked against the prosecution)”.

The former Minister, now aspiring to be national chairman for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), maintained that even the judges who presided over the cases were punished by their conscience.

“Even the judges who jailed some of our people, I know they have conscience. After they jailed Peprah and others all the two judges died. I believe it’s their conscience that drove them to the grave.”

“I’ve asked God to forgive him. I don’t bear President Kufuor any grudge. Because after all this, he had the presence of mind to grant me pardon.

“Never again should a new government decide to jail officials of the previous government in order to feel stronger.”

Mr. Dan Abodakpi was granted a pardon by way of remission of the remainder of his sentence on May 24, 2008 by President Kufuor.

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