The Vice President in charge of research at IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Bright Simons has urged Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame to leave Former Deputy Minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson alone and go after the real deal makers.
His comment follows the criminal charges filed by Attorney General against Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson and two others for causing financial loss to the state.
According to the Attorney General, the trio have caused a €2.37 million financial loss to the state in a deal to purchase some 200 ambulances for the country between 2014 and 2016.
Reacting to the suit, Bright Simons stated that the Attorney General should leave Ato Forson alone and go after those who were the real deal makers.
According to him, “the decision to prosecute the former Deputy Finance Minister for signing documents to issue letters of credit for the botched ambulance procurement project is like prosecuting the MD of SIC for insuring a car later found to have been used in a robbery.”
Meanwhile, Ato Forson has explained that all actions taken in the said transaction were backed by the legal opinion from the then-Attorney General, and he only acted to raise the letters of credit in question on behalf of the substantive Minister.