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S.C. to rule on Woyome’s application

The court, presided over by a single judge, Mr
Justice A.A Benin, fixed the date on Thursday after a series of submissions by
Woyome’s lawyers and the State.

The court on June 8 granted a request by the
Attorney-General’s Department to question the businessman on whether he owns
properties, has the means to offset the debt owed the state as well as how he
spent the 51.2million cedis, wrongfully paid him.

Lead counsel, for Mr Woyome, Mr Ken Anku on
Thursday argued that the examination be put on hold since they had filed for a
review of the sole Judge’s decision allowing the oral examination.

He prayed the court to temporary halt the oral
examination pending the review, saying they came in the interest of justice and
fairness, and as such it would be unfair if what they are seeking is not
granted.

He based his argument on Article 134(b) of the
1992 Constitution which allows a review of the decision of a single judge of
the Supreme Court by three other justices of the court.

In his response, a Deputy State Attorney, Mr
Godfred Dame, argued that the application was unmeritorious because it had
failed to meet all the essential criteria for a stay of execution or
proceedings.

According to him, Mr Woyome had failed to
disclose whether he will suffer any hardship or irreparable damage if the oral
examination proceeds, or the order is executed.

He said the application was an attempt by Mr
Woyome to delay the oral examination and also the execution of the Supreme
Court judgement in 2014 for him to pay the Gh¢51.2 million judgement debt back
to the state.

“Fairness would rather require that, the
proceedings would continue for them to be able to execute the judgement of the
sole judge”, he noted

Late last year, Justice Anin Yeboah granted an
application brought by former Attorney-General, (A-G) Martin Amidu, seekng to
be allowed to orally examine Mr. Woyome.

But before that matter is determined, the A-G
initiated fresh processes for the State to be allowed to conduct the oral
examination.

This was granted by a sole judge at the Supreme
Court, Justice A.A Benin who ordered the businessman to appear before the Court
on June 29 to be orally examined.

The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered the
businessman to refund some 51.2 million cedis wrongfully paid to by the state
in 2010 and 2011.

The Court upheld arguments by Mr. Martin Amidu
that the contracts which formed the basis for Woyome’s claims against the state
and for which he was paid the money, were unconstitutional for lack
Parliamentary approval.

Mr Woyome’s promise to pay the money has not
been fulfilled and the state is yet to retrieve the money.

 

The Supreme Court has
set July 4 to rule on an application by beleaguered businessman, Mr Alfred
Agbesi Woyome, seeking to halt his oral examination by the state.

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