Today In history, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), who was unconditionally pardoned by former President J.A. Kufuor on his last day in office, rejected the pardon and insisted that he will continue to pursue justice in the court of law.
Describing the gesture of the former President as “the height of hypocrisy”, Mr Tsikata said, “I have never sought, and I do not need your pretence of mercy. Justice is my quest and I will pursue this quest in accordance with the constitution and laws of Ghana.”
In a two-page hand-written note to the ex-President, dated January 6, 2009, Tsatsu wrote, “Your apparent exercise of the presidential prerogative of mercy in respect of a conviction and imprisonment which you were the prime mover of, is the height of hypocrisy.”
Below is the full letter as sighted by InsiderGH.com;
Dear President Kufuor,
An official from the Prisons Headquarters came to the Korle Bu Hospital Cardiothoracic Centre earlier today to inform me that he had a warrant under your hand granting me a pardon. I was not allowed a copy of your document.
Your apparent exercise of the Presidential prerogative of mercy, in respect of a conviction and imprisonment which you were the prime mover of is the height of hypocrisy. I have never sought, and I do not need, your pretence of mercy. Justice is my quest and I will pursue this quest in accordance with the Constitution and laws of Ghana.
The desecration of justice that was perpetrated against me in the Fast Track High Court on June 18th 2008 was at your instance, initiated in 2001 with your first Attorney General Nana Akufo-Addo. Nothing can divert attention from the responsibilities of the Judges before whom my appeal and other legal processes are currently pending concerning my case. Indeed, your action in these final hours of your administration improperly interferes with these judicial processes and is clearly in bad faith.
Your participation, indeed your leading role, in desecrating justice, not only in relation to me but in many other cases, are part of your legacy as President of Ghana. But I am convinced that these bad examples will not endure as part of our country’s future.Psalm 94 verse 15 says prophetically: “justice will again be found in the courts, and all righteous people will support it.”
H.E President J.A Kufuor