Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu has frowned on Edudzi Tamakloe’s description of the Attorney-General as a dishonest person.

Mr. Kpebu’s comment was in reaction to the exchange of words between the Attorney-General, Godfred Dame and the lawyer for the three Minority Members of Parliament who filed for an injunction on the implementation of the E-levy.

According to Martin Kpebu, the A-G’s description of the happenings in court as an “embarrassing spectacle” is “what we hear in court every day” as it is the standard language and practice in court.

“When I listened to the Attorney-General’s words that ‘they were embarrassing’, as I have already told you, we say incompetent, hopeless, full of conjectures, it sounded more like what we hear in court every day,” he said.

Martin Kpebu
Director of the Human Rights and Governance Centre, Lawyer Martin Kpebu.

However, responding to comments from the furious Edudzi Tamakloe, the Private Legal Practitioner noted that his response was below par.

“To be very frank Emefa at a point I thought that you should have stopped him because to say that the A-G is dishonest, no, you should have stopped him…That went too far and even I thought that to the extent that the A-G’s comment had come earlier, if someone was coming to respond, you would guard against the very rules you are accusing the other person of breaching,” he told Emefa Apawu on Top Story, Thursday.

The A-G on Wednesday criticised the Minority in Parliament for failing to adduce evidence in court over the claim of illegal passage of the E-levy on March 29.

He said the party’s argument in court was embarrassing as their lawyer failed to demonstrate any form of irregularity during the passage of the levy.

Martin Kpebu disapproves of Edudzi Tamakloe’s description of Attorney-General as 'dishonest'
The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame

“You saw what happened in court today. It was an embarrassing spectacle. The lawyer clearly was not able to demonstrate any form of irregularities with proceedings in Parliament. The court asked him, so is there any record that indicates that X number of MPs walked out at a certain stage?

“He obviously said no, there was no evidence indicating whether there was a headcount of a number of MPs present in Parliament who voted to support the bill. There was also nothing indicated by the lawyer which suggests there was a walkout of X number of MPs, so I think we should ignore all that propaganda,” Godfred Dame told the press after court proceedings on Wednesday.

Reacting to the A-G’s comment on Top Story, Thursday, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe said, “I am also describing his conduct as a very dishonest Attorney-General.”

He contended that the A-G being his senior at the bar should have exuded a legal practitioner’s standard of communication.

Martin Kpebu disapproves of Edudzi Tamakloe’s description of Attorney-General as 'dishonest'
Edudzi Tamakloe

“For the Attorney-General to invite journalists to his office and set himself up with the view of attacking my person and my professional competence, to that extent, I am entitled to say this our Attorney-General has no regard for candour and honesty.

“Unfortunately, this is the Attorney-General that we have to contend with. He sees himself more of an NPP propagandist than the Minister of Justice. I am not going to take that from him and it will never happen with me,” he stated.

The Supreme Court by a unanimous 7-0 decision on Wednesday dismissed the application for an injunction against the implementation of the Electronic Transactions Levy (e-levy).

The apex court also ordered the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to keep accurate records of all e-levy deductions to enable a refund to payees if it is later determined that the law was passed unconstitutionally.