A German, Ms. Waltraud Wiesent, has appealed to the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, to personally intervene to retrieve 3,500 Euros she paid to Mr. Samuel Atta-Akyea, the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, as legal services.
Ms. Wiesent claimed she paid money to Mr. Atta Akyea, but the legal service was not rendered.
She said Mr. Atta Akyea initially negotiated for 10,000 Euros, but later agreed on 5,000 Euros for which she gave 3,500 as part payment.
Following this Ms. Waltraud filed a complaint at the General Legal Council on the conduct of Mr. Atta Akyea, but the council is dragging its feet on the matter.
She said during her engagement with Mr. Akyea, she initially instructed him to file a civil suit against the accused but he insisted that he could only apply for the review of the bail condition, which she obliged.
However, she said after she had sent him the money, he never contracted any private investigator to investigate whether the accused have a property.
She subsequently asked him to give account of the work done but he could not do so.
She said email conversation between her and Mr. Atta Akyea was forwarded to the General Council as evidence of what transpired.
In a response to one of her emails on Friday, February 7, 2014 Mr. Atta Akyea writes: “Dear Waltraud, I hope you are keeping well. We are working on getting the bail arrangement reviewed because the accused persons are Nigerians and should be defending this case from prison custody”.
Responding, Ms. Waltraud wrote: “Thank you for your reply, but I am sorry, this was not the answer I expected from you after this long time. I wanted to know what you have done so far about my case and what next?”.
“As we were in your office, you promised that you were going to ensure the state will arrest the suspects and take them back to jail so they will come to court each time because they are foreigners”.
In a response to his complaint addressed to the General Legal Council, Mr. Atta Akyea said he undertook to pursue a civil action in the event that the criminal court did not make restitutionary order.
In the same letter, Mr. Akyea said “Ms. Waltraud cannot use the Council to demand refund, adding that “whatever consideration our law firm may give to Waltraud by way of refund, will be on humanitarian grounds and not on legal grounds”.
On Friday, September 18, when Ms. Watraud went to the council to find out the latest development, she was asked by one Mr. Steven to see Mr. Benard Bentil, Secretary of the Disciplinary Committee.
But when she went to the Judicial Service, Mr. Bentil who spoke to her through the intercom telecommunication system appealed to her to write again to the council for it to consider her case as one of those to be heard in October.
Hearing this, the rather frustrated and traumatised widow, said there was nothing she could do again because she had written severally to the council on the case but nothing seems to be done.
By Malik Sullemana