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General News of Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Amidu cleared to examine Woyome

Embattled businessman Alfred Woyome has been ordered by the Supreme Court to appear in court for an oral examination by former Attorney General, Martin Amidu on the repayment of the judgment debt paid him.

The order follows an application filed by Mr. Amidu for the Supreme Court to allow him to orally examine Woyome after the Attorney General (AG) discontinued the case.

According to the ruling by justice Anin Yeboah, the applicant has the right to do that because he personally came to court to get a judgment to have Mr. Woyome payback the GHc51 million cash he recieved as judgment debt The judge also indicated that the application was granted because there was no evidence of execution before the court by the AG presently.

Mr. Amidu’s action followed a move by the Attorney General’s (AG) office, led by the Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, to discontinue an oral examination of Mr. Woyome, despite serving an earlier notice.

The notice of discontinuance stated that “please take notice that the 1st Defendant Judgment Creditor [Attorney General] herein has this day [26th Day of October 2016] discontinued the present application to orally examine the 3rd Defendant Judgment Debtor [Alfred Agesi Woyome] with liberty to reapply.”

The ruling which was scheduled to be delivered yesterday [Tuesday] was deferred to Wednesday by the judge, Justice Anin Yeboah through the Supreme Court’s registrar without any reason.

Background

Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million after he claimed that 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, said the amount was paid illegally to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier.

The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back ¢51 million fraudulently taken from the state, after Mr. Martin Amidu, a former Attorney General challenged the legality of the judgment debt paid the businessman, Waterville, and Isofoton. Following delays in retrieving the money, the Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the court’s judgment ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the state.

Woyome prevents officials from valuing residence Mr. Woyome in April 2016 prevented officials of the Attorney General’s Department and the Lands Commission from having access to his Kpehe residence for valuation.

The move was part of a directive from the Supreme Court to retrieve monies illegally paid to him. But Woyome resisted the move, saying the planned valuation was illegal. Mr. Woyome had earlier won the criminal prosecution that sought to imprison him for the offence.