In a surprising development, the ongoing investigation by the Parliamentary Committee into a leaked audio tape allegedly detailing a conspiracy to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has taken an unexpected turn.
The committee has now revealed the existence of an additional recording, significantly altering the trajectory of the inquiry.
This revelation comes on the heels of testimonies by witnesses COP George Mensah and Supt. George Asare, who assert that sections of the original audio evidence presented to the committee had undergone tampering.
Samuel Atta Akyea, the Chairman of the Committee, made this revelation during a media briefing following Monday’s deliberations. He announced that the committee faces a crucial decision on whether to conduct an in-camera hearing, where proceedings occur privately and away from the public eye, or to continue with open hearings.
The ultimate determination, he emphasized, will be grounded in the quality and authenticity of the evidence at hand.
“We have the benefit of a tape, on the assumption that it’s authentic. Members of the committee will have to listen to the tape and read the transcript, which will give us ideas on what to do next. First of all, do we bring all the stakeholders together with their lawyers for cross-examination and cross-firing to take place, while listening attentively? And then, after they have finished, will we have our turn?”
“And then, are there matters which should not come into the public domain because of national security implications? So we will hold a long in-house or in-camera hearing, and then we will make some sense of it. This is how we are going to proceed. We will be guided strongly by the fact that this is not a simple exercise and that not everything should be fed to the public.”
Meanwhile, the sitting has been adjourned indefinitely.