Woyome’s review application dismissed | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

Hafsa Obeng, GNA

Accra, July 18, GNA –
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed another application by businessman, Mr
Alfred Agbesi Woyome to stop his upcoming oral examination in relation to the
GH¢51.2 million indebtedness to the state.

Mr Woyome is expected
to be orally examined by the state 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.

On July 4, the Supreme
Court presided over by a single judge, Mr Justice A.A Benin dismissed an
application by Mr Woyome, seeking to halt his oral examination by the state,
and declared it as having no merit.

Mr Woyome again filed
a review application to halt his examination by the Attorney General.

In their ruling on Tuesday
morning, the three-member panel, presided over by Mr Justice William Atuguba,
said Mr Woyome’s review application was “misconceived” and accordingly
dismissed it.

Lawyers of Mr Woyome
wanted the court to reverse the decision of a single justice of the court, Mr
Justice Anthony A. Benin, allowed for the businessman to be orally examined in
relation to how he intends to pay the Ghc51.2 million and also for an embargo
to be placed on his shares in 11 companies.

With the dismissal of
his review application, the oral examination is anticipated to come off on July
24 a date set earlier by the court.

The court obliged Mr
Woyome who reported sick previously and adjourned the matter to July 24, by
which time he would have recovered for the oral examination.

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

But before the
application could be 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, 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 as it lacks Parliamentary approval.

Mr Woyome’s promise to
pay the money but has since not been able to honour that promise.


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