Russian C.J. Recovering

Viacheslav-LebedevThe Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur yesterday described the motor accident involving the Chief Justice of Russia, in Ghana as “very unfortunate”, and prayed for his speedy recovery from the injuries sustained.

“It is an unfortunate incident,” he told journalists after visiting the injured Chief Justice of Russia, Viacheslav Mikhailovic Lebedev, at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, where he is receiving treatment at the Intensive Care unit.

He assured the Russian government of the best of medical care for their comrade, and thanked the medical team at the hospital for saving the situation.

Asked about the condition he found the Russian Chief Justice in, Vice President Amissah-Arthur said “he is doing well”.

“He gave me a firm handshake,” he added, and confirmed that Justice Lebedev is expected to be flown home today on a special aircraft from Russia.

The Vice President, who was accompanied by the Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Wood, Minister of Defence, Mark Woyongo, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Mrs. Mar-rieta Brew Oppong-Appiah, and Com-manding Officer of the hospital, Col. Samuel Adjei, also visited Justice Lebedev’s security guard.

The Russian Ambassador to Ghana and the driver of Justice Lebedev’s vehicle, who were also injured, had been treated and discharged at the time of the Vice President’s visit.

Justice Lebedev, who was in the country as a guest of the Ghanaian Judiciary was returning to Accra after opening the Conference of the Ghana Bar Association in Ho, when the accident occurred at about 3pm, on Monday, at Kpetomi Junction, near Tsito in the Volta Region.

Initial investigations show that the accident occurred when a tipper truck suddenly veered into the lane in which his convoy was travelling.

Earlier, the Minister of Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, in the company of the Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah and the Director-General of Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Angwubutoge Awuni, paid him a visit on his hospital bed yesterday, reports Bernard Benghan.

Briefing the media after the visit, Mrs. Attivor said the government wished him a speedy recovery and attributed the unfortunate incident to indiscipline on the part of some drivers.

“It would have been the wish of government for him to have all the needed attention towards his recovery but as I speak, the Russian government has sent for him to be treated in his home country,” she said, adding that, “We deeply regret the unfortunate incident which occurred during the visit.”
ASP Awuni said, the police were currently searching for the driver whose carelessness led to the accident to face prosecution. - Edmund Mingle

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