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General News of Monday, 27 February 2012

Source: myjoyonline.com

EOCO’s report indicting Woyome was coerced – lawyers

Lawyers for businessman Alfred Woyome who is standing trial for fraud in respect of the controversial GHC51 million judgement debt payment say they believe EOCO was coerced probably by persons in government to indict him.

A member of Mr Woyome’s legal team, Rockson Dafeamekpor in an exclusive interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, said the Economic and Orgnaised Crimes Office’s “motive to indict [Woyome] was so glaring.”

He said Mr Woyome – a Volta Regional Executive of the governing National Democratic Congress – must have stepped on a few toes of persons in government who coerced EOCO to slant its report to indict the businessman.

According to him, Mr Woyome has regretted cooperating with the anti-graft agency.

Not only that, the financial engineer is also disappointed in the posturing particularly of government and generally the NDC.

According to Mr Dafeamekpor, the basis for Mr Woyome’s disappointment in the government is that at all material times, state agencies and government functionaries were involved in the processes that led to his obtaining the judgement debt.

Mr Woyome, he said, is, therefore, surprised at efforts by persons in government to gag those who insist that “he had a cause of action against the state.”

“If we itemize the kinds of things Woyome did for the NDC, it will blow your mind,” he said.

In spite of his disappointment with the NDC’s handling of the case, Mr Woyome, according to his lawyers, is not contemplating leaving the party.

Mr Dafeamekpor also believes that EOCO – directed by President JEA Mills to investigate the unfolding saga of judgment debts – acted ultra vires in indicting Mr Woyome.

He is convinced Mr Woyome will prevail on the fraud charges brought against him by the state, insisting the state may not be able to prove its case.

The lawyers are, however, concerned about what they said was an unjustified public vilification of Mr Woyome.

Although they have sufficient belief that the intense public debate will not affect the judge's decision on the matter, Mr Dafeamepkpor is concerned that a court decision that vitiates from the public belief could have serious consequences.

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