In the wake of the discontinuation of Woyome’s case, Mr. Amidu has also filed a case at the Supreme court to personally examine Woyome’s case.
The mysterious withdrawal of the Attorney General from Alfred Woyome’s 51 million judgement debt case has raised eyebrows among some judicial stakeholders.
Former Attorney General Martin Amidu, has alleged that President Mahama is the sole reason behind AG’s withdrawal of the application to examine the businessman.
The Attorney General had filed an application at the Supreme Court to orally examine Mr. Woyome. Per the AG’s notice, the Attorney General would have orally examined Woyome on November 10.
But the AG Martha on November 2, filed a notice at the Supreme Court to end the case, announcing its decision to discontinue the oral examination.
Martin Amidu however, smells something fishy in the unanticipated withdrawal of the AG from the case. The former AG has pointed accusing fingers at the President for covering up for his administration. In his recent statement, the former AG said the current AG withdrew in order to protect some officials of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who benefited from the GHc51 million paid Mr. Woyome by the state, as judgement debt.
According to the statement, the businessman who is also NDC financier, had warned the incumbent party and its key members, that he will disclose truthfully to the Court, on oath, the names of all government beneficiaries of the judgement debt, should the order not be discontinued.
His allegations comes on the back of a similar one brought by pressure group OccupyGhana, that the AG gave up on the case in order to protect Woyome’s accomplices who belong to the governing NDC. Mr. Amidu has also filed a case at the Supreme court to personally examine Woyome’s case.
Woyome’s case which has lasted for close to six years, has remained the longest criminal hearing under the NDC government. Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million after he claimed he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
However an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 -on the assumption of AG Martin Amidu who succeeded AG Betty that same year, said the amount was paid illegally to the NDC financier. The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back ¢51 million fraudulently taken from the state. This was after Martin Amidu, challenged the legality of the judgement debt paid the businessman.
But following delays in retrieving the money, the Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney General clearance to execute the court’s judgement, ordering Woyome to return the cash to the state.