The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Assin North Constituency, James Gyakye Quayson, has dragged the Attorney General, Godfred Dame before the Ghana Legal Council (GLC).
He has asked the GLC to initiate disciplinary measures against the minister for misconduct.
The lawmaker has accused the minister of misconduct in connection with his (Quayson’s) ongoing criminal trial in the High Court.
In his letter, the MP said “on 19th July 2023, during the cross-examination of the first prosecution witness, Richard Takyi-Mensah, after the witness had testified confirming that he had given a statement to the police to which he attached certain documents, which testimony was also reflected in the police statement itself, the Attorney General in responding to an application by his counsel for disclosure of the attachments the witness referred to, stated that there were no attachments to the said police statement.
“This clearly amounted to providing testimony to the court which, I am advised and believe to be true, is clearly contrary to the rules of professional conduct by lawyers in a case.”
He said the “testimony” provided by the AG contradicted the testimony of his own witness and that influenced the witness when he was questioned on same again.
Again, he said on 16th June 2023, when his lawyer sought to let the court know he was a candidate in the then pending Parliamentary bye-election in the Assin North Constituency, the AG used insulting language against him that “This is what I describe as a very totally irresponsible step. Besides it, to apply to contest again when he knew that these proceedings were pending for which he can go to jail.”
According to him, the insult on the part of the AG was without any basis and had no place in the trial.
“And I am advised by my lawyers, is contrary to the Rules of Professional Conduct of lawyers.