February 28, 2011

The Deputy Majority leader in Parliament, Hon Rashid Pelpuo has dismissed allegations that some elements in government are responsible for the current twist to the Amina mass bus rape saga.

Professor Ken Attafuah, counsel for Amina Mohammed, the woman at the center of the controversial Highway robbery and mass rape story has accused government of attempting to tarnish his reputation as a seasoned legal practitioner and a statesman.

His accusation comes after a fourth prosecution witness in the trial of the alleged mass bus rape, on Friday February 25, told an Accra Circuit Court that officials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Professor Ken Attafuah influenced him with money to confirm the case.

The witness Michael Ofosu Frimpong told the court that he was offered 9,000 Ghana cedis to testify in favour of Amina Mohammed.

Giving evidence in the case in which Amina is facing charges of publishing false news with intent to cause fear and alarm, and deceiving a public officer, He claimed that the money was meant to save Adom Fm that broke the news and Amina Mohammed, the accused person.

Michael Ofosu Frimpong, a trader said he met with Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Yaw Osafo Marfo, Kennedy Agyepong amongst others at the NPP headquarters who offered him Gh¢90,000 as a reward but he declined the offer.

In an interview with Citi News Professor Attafuah said, the claims by the prosecution witness are false and are been masterminded by some elements in government.

“It is a very sad allegation for anyone to make, it is completely untrue, it never happened and this is a fabrication by sections of the Ghana Police Service and sections of the Attorney General’s department intended to dishonor the honour, dignity and reputation of honourable men in the country”.

Professor Attafuah further told Citi News that he and other colleagues accused will resort to the courts to redeem their images if the need arises.

However, speaking to Citi News, the Wa Central MP Hon Rashid Pelpuo, rejected the accusations by Professor Ken Attefuah describing them as untrue.

Hon Rashid Pelpuo said the government cannot be blamed or held responsible for the current twist to the Amina case and urged the security services to thoroughly investigate the matter to the latter.