Alfred Woyome’s Case – An order by the African Court of Human and People’s Rights in Tanzania, asking Ghana’s SupremeCourt to halt proceedings leading to the retrieval of the Ghc51 million judgment debt wrongfully paid to businessman Alfred Woyome has been rejected by the Supreme Court of Ghana.
The African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) ordered Ghana to suspend all efforts to retrieve the GH₵51.2 million until the Court determines an appeal filed by the businessman, who argued that his human rights are being abused by Ghana’s Supreme Court.
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But according to the Supreme Court’s panel of Justices in Ghana, there’s no real factual and legal basis for it to share its powers and jurisdiction with any other court, and so it cannot be compelled to halt the ongoing proceedings.
Alfred Woyome’s Case – African Court Ruling
After a similar case he filed at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Woyome filed at the African Court in Tanzania against the government of Ghana.
The businessman proceeded to the African Human Rights Court in August 2017, when the government of Ghana began a valuation of his properties in an attempt to retrieve Ghc51 million wrongfully paid to him in a judgement debt.
He prayed the ACHPR to halt all processes seeking to execute the Ghana Supreme Court’s July 29, 2014 judgement, until his case was determined by the ACHPR.
In a unanimous ruling, the 11-member panel of the African Court ordered Ghana to suspend the seizure of any property belonging to Alfred Woyome and “take all appropriate measures to maintain the status quo and avoid the property being sold’’ until the case was determined.
But the Ghanaian justices, after rejecting the African Court’s order, further went on to dismiss Mr. Woyome’s application for stay of proceedings pending the final outcome of the case before the African Court, describing it as one without merit.
Alfred Woyome’s Case – Background
Alfred Woyome was paid GH¢51.2 million in 2006, after he claimed that he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
The businessman was however, indicted in an Auditor General’s report released in 2010, which claimed that the amount was paid illegally to him, thereby causing financial loss to the state.
Following the report, the Supreme Court in 2014 ordered him to refund the money. And the case has been on since then, going from court to court and taking different dimensions. Alfred Woyome’s case.