Private Legal Practitioner Akoto Ampaw is dead. He died at a medical facility after a short illness. Sources close to his family say he was on admission receiving treatment but his condition deteriorated.
This necessitated his being kept in the Intensive Care Unit where he passed on.
Who is Akoto Ampaw
Mr. Ampaw was a veteran lawyer who for many years worked at the famous law firm Akufo-Addo Prempeh and Co. He rose through the ranks becoming a Partner at the firm founded by President Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Edmund Prempeh.
The most recent key case handled by Akoto Ampaw was the case of John Dramani Mahama v Electoral Commission and Nana Akufo-Addo. This is the case in which National Democratic Congress 2020 Presidential Candidate John Dramani Mahama challenged the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Polls. Mr. Ampaw successfully led a legal team to defend President-Akufo-Addo’s electoral victory.
He also famously represented Fix the Country Convener Oliver Barker-Vormawor during his quest to secure bail when he was arraigned on charges of Treason Felony. This brought into focus his unwavering commitment to human rights for working at the President’s law firm and taking up a case in defence of someone accused of plotting to oust the President.
In 2010, he successfully got the High Court to dismiss charges filed against former Chief of Staff Kwadwo Mpiani and former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana @ 50 secretariat Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey. The two were slapped with various charges of causing financial loss to the state following a Commission of Inquiry report that indicted them. Mr. Ampaw urged the court to dismiss the charges pointing out that it was irregular for a prosecution to be mounted on the basis of the findings of a Commission of Inquiry. This case remains an important legal authority on Commission’s of Inquiry and the legal effect of their conclusions.
Outside the court room
Outside the court room, Akoto Ampaw was a Human rights advocate, associating many times with the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development and other groups committed to safeguarding fundamental freedoms. He recently joined a team of notable advocates to kick against the Anti-Gay bill which is yet to be passed by parliament.
In the early 1990’s he was a key member of the Movement for Freedom and Justice which Prof Albert Adu-Boahen , Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Kweku Baako, Nana Akufo-Addo and others had established to fight for a return to democracy in Ghana.
He was popularly known as “Che Che”.