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General News of Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Source: yen.com.gh

Woyome to appear before Supreme Court Thursday, June 29

The embattled NDC financier Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has been charged by the highest court of the land to appear before it to be examined on the GHc51.2 million wrongly paid to him by the NDC.

The Supreme Court has also granted an order, imposing a charge on any and all shares held by the businessman in some private companies in which he has beneficial interests. The order was granted upon an application filed by Chief State Attorney, Mrs Stella Badu of the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Office on May 17, 2017. Mr. Woyome is expected to appear before Supreme Court on Thursday, June 29, 2017 “to show cause, why [the] charging order should not be made absolute.”

The A-G’s department will be seeking answers in respect of four main issues: Whether there are any debts owing to Mr. Woyome; Whether he has any property for satisfying the judgment of the Court dated 29 July 2014; Whether he has any means of satisfying the judgment of the court; and the manner he used the money paid to him by the Republic.

The NDC man is also to be orally examined in respect of the matter. The Supreme Court granted an ex parte motion filed by Assistant State Attorney at the Attorney-General’s Department, Victoria Adotey praying the court to allow for oral examination of Mr. Woyome.

A similar order was late last year granted former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu to orally examine the businessman but that case was later withdrawn. “Let the judgment/debtor, Alfred Agbesi Woyome be served with a copy of the Order as drawn up with a hearing notice to appear before this court on Thursday, 29th June 2017 to be examined…” the order of the Supreme Court cited by the media quoted.

This new move in the Woyome saga is part of government’s efforts to retrieve 51.2 million cedis wrongfully paid to the businessman which the Supreme Court in a 2014 judgment ordered should be paid back to the state.

Since then, the state has struggled to enforce the judgment and retrieve the colossal amount. In the latest judgment delivered on June 19, 2017, Justice Anthony Alfred Benin, ordered that all shares held by Mr. Woyome in some 11 companies should be charged temporarily.

Some of the companies are Anator Holdings Company Ltd, AAW Management Consulting Services Ltd, Green Townships Security Services Company Ltd., Anator Construction Company Ltd., Woyome Brothers International Ltd., Stewise Anator Company Ltd., and Stweise Shopping Company Ltd.