Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has revealed that former president John Agyekum Kufuor and then Attorney General in 2002, Akufo-Addo were determined to put him behind bars at all cost.
In an interview on TV3, Mr Tsikata said the trial judge, Justice Henrietta Abban “had been adjourning because she had said if she didn’t do that there will be a mistrial.
“She did indicate that if she did not wait for the Supreme Court and the Court of appeal there will be a mistrial. In spite of all that she still went ahead to pronounce judgement on that day. You can’t really make head and tail of that in purely legal terms. The lesson I am trying to draw is this, we will want to have confidence in the judicial system. We want to have confidence that when you go to court the decisions will be based on law and the facts.
“But we also have to recognize that unfortunately that does not always happen. There are other factors that influence the course of justice including the factors political pressure being brought to bear on judges to come to a certain decision at all cost.
“In my case there was no question about the fact that the political pressure from right up to the president level, the Attorney General at that time now President Akufo-Addo, President Kufuor. They were determined that I would have to go to jail.
“That determination seemed to be based on the wish to demonstrate that certain things had not been done right under President Rawlings in the past.”