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General News of Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Source: Peace FM

I’ll speak the truth in the witness box - Asiedu Nketia

John Asiedu Nketia who will be representing the first and third respondents in the ongoing 2012 election petition filed by the NPP against President Mahama, the Electoral Commission (EC) and the NDC says he will not waste time like what the star witness of the petitioners is doing in the witness box when it gets to his turn to be cross-examined.

According to him, there is no need for a witness to learn what he already knows and has been asked to clarify during cross-examination. This, he believes, elongates proceedings and such are what the court is witnessing during Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s cross-examination.

“There is no need for you to learn the truth you already know. If Bawumia had given straight forward answers, I would have believed by now we have reached far in the cross-examination.

“…If he (Dr. Bawumia) responds to question put before him in the witness box, and stay glued to his answers, the case will accelerate. His yes should be his yes and no to be his no.

“…Bawumia should stop using big English and his tricks in court to deceive the court, he must be straight forward,” he told Asempa FM.

He, however, expressed readiness to face the petitioners in the witness box and willing to make the proceedings move quicker than what Dr. Bawumia is doing.

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