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J.B Pathologist In Trouble

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Dr. Lawrence Edusei, the pathologist that worked on the autopsy report of the murdered Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, has been dragged to face the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) over what has been described as unprofessional, reprehensible and unprofessional conduct.

Nana Obiri Boahen, a Private Legal Practitioner has petitioned the GMA against Dr. Edusei of the 37 Military Hospital, and accused the pathologist of delaying the trial of the suspected killers of the late politician.

Nana Obiri Boahen, who is also the Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said the conduct of the doctor is dragging the ongoing murder trial over the death of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, the then incumbent MP for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.

On January 4 this year, Dr. Edusei told the Accra Central District Court that the much-awaited autopsy report of the deceased had gone “missing”.

He claimed his house was burgled in September 2017 resulting in the loss of over thousand files.

Although he would not directly answer whether or not he had custody of the report since September, he stated that producing another report required “additional work”.

Dr. Edusei who had appeared before the Court after several failed invitations by the court to do so disclosed that he is uncertain when the report for the case would be ready.

He was emphatic that he would not release any report until all monies owed him by the Judicial Service are fully paid.

The court has for the past three months been on the heels of the pathologist in a fruitless attempt to get him to explain why the full autopsy report is still not ready almost one year after the death of the MP.

Although the Doctor is back in court on Thursday, Nana Obiri Boahen, in the petition to the Medical Association insists the “conduct, by the medical officer, is not only reprehensible but same unacceptable.”

The lawyer said the matter before the court “had suffered numerous adjournments thereby, stultifying the committal proceedings all because of the conduct and absence of Dr. Lawrence Edusei”.

He added: “I hope; this my petition would be considered and the appropriate sanction accordingly applied” adding “this petition; is without prejudice to whatever decision the Honourable court may take on the 18th day of January, 2018.”

By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher

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