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General News of Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Source: adomonline.com

Supreme Court is against me - Woyome reacts to ruling

Embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome is accusing the Supreme Court of scheming to disgrace him.

His comment comes after the apex Court granted former Attorney General, Martin Amidu's request to orally examine him from whom the state is trying to retrieve 51.2 million cedis wrongfully paid to him.

The court in its ruling read by Justice Anin Yeboah said the amount in contention was colossal and no serious effort hand been made to retrieve it since a Judgment was delivered two years ago ordering the retrieval of the money.

According to the court, Mr. Amidu is not retrieving the money for himself but for the State. Alfred Agbesi Woyome was ordered to appear for examination on 24th November, 2016.

Joy News' Joseph Ackah-Blay reported that Mr. Woyome stormed out of the courtroom after the judgment was delivered, visibly upset.

Background

It has been more than two years since the Supreme Court ordered the state on June 22, 2014 to collect the monies it wrongfully paid the businessman.

The judge described the payment as a scheme to 'create, loot and share', a description that has seen stuck with the opposition.

But the state has been unable to retrieve the money years after the judgment. The Attorney-General recently brought an application seeking an order to orally examine Woyome since all efforts to identify his properties for purposes of auctioning failed.

The order was granted but the A-G went back to court to discontinue the process, forcing Mr. Amidu - who obtained a court order for the retrieval of the amount - to file a motion asking to be allowed to examine the self-proclaimed financier of the governing National Democratic Congress.

With the new orders, the stage is set for an epic legal battle between Martin Amidu described also as 'citizen vigilante' and the businessman.