AG discontinues Woyome’s case…
The Attorney General’s Department has filed a notice at the Supreme Court to end a case it filed about a week ago against businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, in the controversial GH¢51 million judgement debt saga.
The notice of discontinuance stated;
Please take notice that the 1st Defendant Judgment Creditor [Attorney General] herein has this day [26th Day of October 2016] discontinued the present application to orally examine the 3rd Defendant Judgment Debtor [Alfred Agesi Woyome] with liberty to reapply.
In the AG’s earlier notice lauded by pressure group OccupyGhana, the Attorney General would have orally examined Mr. Woyome on November 10, 2016.
Woyome’s case which has lasted for close to 6 years, has been the longest criminal hearing under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government. Alfred Woyome was paid GH¢51.2 million after he claimed that he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
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However, an Auditor General released a report in 2010 – on the assumption of AG Martin Amidu who succeeded AG Betty that same year; saying the amount was paid illegally to Woyome. Amidu then had the NDC financier arrested and charged for causing financial loss to the state.
While prosecuting the case, Amidu was sacked under mysterious circumstances and Marietta was appointed to succeed him. A civil case to get Woyome to refund the money was however, successful. Amidu acting under his private capacity secured a Supreme court order directing the businessman to refund the GH¢ 51.2 million to the state, although he was cleared of criminal charges.
But following delays in retrieving the money, the Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the court’s judgement ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the state.
The NDC businessman had in April 2016, resisted attempts by officials of the Attorney General’s department and the Lands Commission to have access to his Kpehe residence for valuation. According to him, the planned valuation was illegal.