The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused government of political persecution and harassment as its National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo prepares to appear before court on Tuesday April 16,2019.
Mr Ofosu Ampofo has been charged with conspiracy to cause harm and assault against a public officer.
The decision by the Attorney General to prosecute Mr. Ofosu Ampofo comes after weeks of investigations by the police criminal investigations department into a leaked secret recording in which Mr. Ofosu Ampofo is alleged to have threatened some public officers.
However, the NDC in a statement signed by General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia described the charges as trumped up and frivolous.
“We wish to condemn in no uncertain terms, the politically-motivated persecution of our officials, cynically disguised as lawful prosecution. The NDC finds it curious that the Chief Justice has created the divisions for the High Court with fully constituted Criminal Division, the case of our National Chairman would be assigned to a Justice at the Commercial Division of the High Court. We hope there is no sinister motive behind it,” the statement stated.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah, stressed that, the NDC will take every reasonable step to assert the innocence of its members and insist on respect for their fundamental human rights.
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“We demand fair and lawful treatment for all our members and an immediate end to this harassment. Despite our strong disagreement with this partisan prosecution, we demand fairness in the judicial process and it is our expectation that historical hostility to the NDC, whether real or perceived, will play no role in the determination of all cases and that only the facts of each case, the position of the law and the objective assessment of same will inform any outcome.”