General News of Sunday, 23 June 2013

Source: citifmonline

‘AG failed to pursue Waterville case due to missing documents’

A member of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) legal team, Victor Kojogah Adawudu, has suggested that the inability of the Attorney General’s Department to pursue the Waterville judgment debt case is as a result of missing documents at the department.

Speaking on Citi Fm’s news analysis program, the Big Issue, Mr. Adawudu said, the AG was not privy to the important documents Martin Amidu had, hence the department’s inability to pursue the case.

According to him, the former Attorney General, Martin Amidu kept copies of some documents relating to the payment of judgment debts while he was in office.

“The issue is did they have access to all the information at that time? Some of the documents that Mr Amidu had used for this case were because he was keeping copies of them which he had personally. Almost all the documents, he personally kept them.”

Mr. Adawudu further mentioned that the said documents currently cannot be found at the AG’s Department saying, “if you go to the AG’s department, if you go to the sources, you won’t find the documents…that is why when Martin Amidu went to court, the AG never even filed anything adverse to the interest that the money should not be taken.”

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, K.T Hammond has described the allegation of missing documents at the Attorney General’s department as laughable.

According to Mr. Hammond, due to the rigid systems applied in dealing with the movement of documents in the various ministries, it is very difficult to accept the allegations that some documents cannot be found.

“The AG cannot begin to make the point that they did not have the documents because it is laughable. Whenever I appended my signature to whatever document, the system made sure that there were about five or so copies in the system. You will look at the bottom end of the signature and you will see ‘CC’ copy to this, copy to that…and you tell me that everything goes missing,” he argued.