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General News of Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Gloomy pronouncements on Woyome appeal 'unfortunate' - AG

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has described as “unfortunate” comments by some high profile individuals that the state will not succeed in its appeal against the acquittal and discharge of Alfred Woyome.

Following the acquittal and discharge of Woyome by an Accra High court and the subsequent declaration by the AG that they will appeal the decision, some personalities such as former CHRAJ boss, Emile Short have shot down the idea, saying it will be an exercise in futility.

“The appeals court will only have to rely on the evidence that was adduced from the trail so the chances of success in my view are quite remote,” Emile Short stated.

However, speaking to Citi FM, the Attorney General said such comments should not be countenanced, especially when those making it have not averred themselves to the full facts of the case.

She pointed out it was baseless for those individuals to make such comments since they were “not in court, they have not read the record, and were not there when the judgement was read.”

“I am not sure how they came by those conclusions because if you were not in court, you had not read the evidence, you had not read the submissions, why would you make such statements that we are bound to fail on appeal,” the AG fumed.

She remarked that the state would not have prosecuted the case at all if it knew that “there was no merit in it.”

The AG expressed optimism that the state’s appeal against Woyomes acquittal will succeed.