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General News of Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Justice Dotse has a prejudiced mind – Woyome Lawyers

Lawyers of embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, have launched a scathing attack on Supreme Court Judge, Justice Jones Dotse, accusing him of treating their client unfairly.

The lawyers claim Justice Dotse in several of his judgment commentaries spoke ill of their client signalling his dislike for him.

They, therefore, wondered why he should be part of a panel that hears matters involving their client. They also fear his comments could influence local courts where their client could have sought remedy for the violation of his rights.

Mr. Woyome was paid GHc 51 million after claiming he helped Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for the hosting of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010, held that the amount was paid illegally to him.

Subsequently, the Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the money, after a former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, single-handedly challenged the legality of the payments.

Following delays in retrieving the money, 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.

Challenging the Supreme Court’s order at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights in Tanzania, the lawyers of Woyome said: “The contention of the applicant is that following from the earlier concurring opinion to the decision of the review bench, the court cannot be said to have been impartial.”

This, according to them was because “the issue that came before the Supreme Court was simply constitutional interpretation so for (with all respect) the learned judge (Justice Jones Dotse) to go beyond the constitutional interpretation and then decide that the applicant had no contract with the government and therefore the applicant had no case and that the applicant had formed an alliance to create, loot and share was beyond what was before the business of the Supreme Court.”

Lawyers of Woyome said the judge had formed a “prejudice mind” and “no wonder within a few weeks he wrote the lead judgement for the review bench of the Ghana Supreme Court.”

Meanwhile, Ghana’s Attorney General’s office represented by the deputy attorney general, Godfred Odamey rejected the claims of Mr. Woyome’s lawyers.

He argued that there were many opportunities for Mr. Woyome to seek further legal remedies over claims of the violations of his human rights before heading to the African court on human and people’s rights.