Former President Jerry John Rawlings has paid tribute to William Adumua-Bossman, as the remains of the late lawyer was laid to rest.
The final burial rites of the late lawyer was held at the Forecourt of the State House with scores of Ghanaians attending to pay their last respect.
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A host of dignitaries trooped to the funeral ground to mourn him, with Rawlings and President Akufo-Addo also ably represented.
The late Adumua-Bossman was a very good friend of Rawlings and served as his lawyer during his trial in 1979 after an attempted coup.
The former president took to Facebook to pay tribute to the late legal practitioner, describing him as “a champion of the underprivileged”.
According to him, the late Adumua-Bossman was a man who “could have been as wealthy as many in his profession but he chose to pursue cases for people who could not afford to pay for their legal fees”.
Read the full tribute by Rawlings below:
For many Ghanaians, Lawyer William Adumua-Bossman was the head of the legal team, which included Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata that defended me when I was arrested and put on trial on May 15, 1979.
To me, however, Lawyer Adumua-Bossman was a champion of the underprivileged – A man who maintained a simple and modest lifestyle. His ability to empathise with others was so intense. He could have been as wealthy as many in his profession but he chose to pursue cases for people who could not afford to pay for their legal fees.
Our dearly departed clearly appreciated the extent to which legal fees put justice out of the reach of people who were being exploited and cheated in so many different ways and dedicated his career to defending and protecting such vulnerable people.
Lawyer Adumua-Bossman was very much a witness to the injustice that led to our country’s decline. In his own gracious way he contributed what he could in taking up the defence of cases in the name of justice, to do justice to an issue. As to whether he was being paid or not was irrelevant. He did not partake in the exploitation of the pursuit of justice.
Lawyer Adumua-Bossman was human. He was known for it and we respected him for it.
Fare thee well Sir. You left a positively indelible mark or many souls.
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