A-G laments cynicism about Woyome’s appeal

MRS MARIETTA BREW APPIAH-OPPONG, MINISTER OF JUSTICE &ATTORNEY GENERAL (6)A-GMarietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Justice, has described as “unfortunate” comments by some high-profile individuals that the state will not succeed in its appeal against the acquittal and discharge of businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

Following the acquittal and discharge of Woyome by an Accra high court in the Gh¢51 million judgement debt case, and the subsequent declaration by the Attorney General that it will appeal the decision, some personalities have expressed their doubt about the success of any such move.

They included former Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Mr Emile Short, who said the initiative will be an exercise in futility.

“The Appeal Court will only have to rely on the evidence that was adduced from the trial so the chances of success in my view are quite remote,” Mr Short stated.

However, speaking to Citi News in Accra on Tuesday, Mrs Opong-Appiah said that, such comments should not be countenanced, especially when those making them have not averred themselves to the full facts of the case.

She said, “I am not sure how they came by those conclusions because if you were not in court, you had not read the evidence, you had not read the submissions, why would you make such statements that we are bound to fail on appeal.”

Mrs Oppong-Appiah stated that, the state would not have prosecuted the case at all if it knew that “there was no merit in it”


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