The Supreme Court has in effect given permission for the Attorney General orally examine Businessman Alfred Woyome.
Woyome had filed an application at the Supreme Court asking the court to stop the AG from orally examine him.
According to the court which was presided over by Justice Alfred Benin, Woyome’s application had no basis.
His lawyer, Ken Anku, argued that, his client will face an irreparable damage if the oral examination is allowed to take place. However, a deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame, opposed the application.
Judgement debt saga
Mr. Woyome was paid GHS 51 million after claiming he helped Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for the hosting of the 2008 African 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.
Mr. Amidu himself, in 2016, filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to examine Alfred Woyome, on how he was going to pay back the money, after the Attorney General’s office under the Mahama Administration, led by the former Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, discontinued a similar application.
In February 2017 however, Mr. Amidu withdrew his suit seeking an oral examination, explaining that the change of government and the assurance by the new Attorney General to retrieve all judgement debts wrongfully paid to individuals, had given him renewed confidence in the system.