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General News of Thursday, 26 October 2017

Source: classfmonline.com

Major Mahama autopsy: I’ve not been paid – Pathologist

The pathologist who carried out Major Maxwell Mahama’s post-mortem has told the court that the Ghana Police Service has not paid him for his services.

Accra FM’s court correspondent, Ama Brako Ampofo, reported Dr Lawrence Adusei also revealed in court on Thursday, October 26, that the police have not honoured their financial obligations to him for the past decade.

“I am supposed to be paid GHS 5 for every autopsy that I do and also GHS10 when I testify in court, but for 10 years now, I have not been paid," he said.

This was after he had also accused the police in frustrating his efforts to finalise the full report of the autopsy.

Dr Adusei was called on the Accra Central District Court to explain why the autopsy report of Major Mahama had not been released 5 months after the military officer's gruesome murder.

Explaining to the court, he said the police had failed to provide all the adequate information needed to facilitate his work.

According to him, police investigators failed to meet him to furnish him with certain important information in relation to the case.



In addition, he accused the police of not making available crime scene pictures and other data for his work.

According to him, he only saw the investigators of the case on October 18, 2017, a week after the court ordered him to release the autopsy report.

The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr George Amegah, responded and said the pathologist should have written to the police if indeed he was facing any challenges with regard to the autopsy.

DSP Amegah explained that apart from Major Mahama's case, there were numerous murder cases in court which the police had not received the autopsy reports for.

The court, presided over by Mr Ebenezer Kweku Ansah, subsequently ordered the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to provide all the requirements needed by the pathologist in order to complete the full report. The judge said the autopsy findings must be ready in three weeks.

Hearing continues on November 23, 2017.