A-G’s Dept. Compromised Judgement On Woyome

Alfred WoyomeA police investigator yesterday, told an Accra Fast Track High Court that the Attorney-General’s Department compromised the judgement of a High Court to make  three installment payments to businessman  Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

Mr. Odame Okyere, a prosecution witness, testified that consent judgement was entered by Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu, the then Attorney General but the second, third and fourth payments were effected during the tenure of Mr. Martin Amidu.

He also admitted under cross-examination by lead counsel for Woyome, Mr. Sarfo Buabeng, that a Cabinet memo submitted by Mr. Osafo Marfo former minister sports on the contract stated that due diligence was done on  Woyome’s financial proposals.

Mr. Buabeng had earlier suggested to Mr. Okyere that the court ruling on the suit filed against the state over the abrogation of the contract, requested that GH¢17 million be paid to Mr. Woyome of which he would be made to refund should he lose the case.

He further stated that after the payment, the A-G’s Department went into consent judgment with Mr. Woyome resulting in the subsequent payments which contradicted the ruling given by the court.

Mr. Okyere responded in the affirmative and admitted that the judgment was set aside by Mrs. Iddrisu and a negotiated settlement was made which were all contradictory to the court ruling.

Mr. Buabeng interjected and pointed out to Mr. Okyere that Mr. Amidu was the Attorney General at the time when the subsequent payments were made to Mr. Woyome.

He further suggested to Mr. Okyere that the A-G’s department, headed by Mr Amidu, together with Mr. Woyome compromised the ruling of the court, presided over by Justice Tanko to set aside the judgment and made the second, third and fourth payments.

At this point, Mr. Okyere hesitantly answered in affirmative and stated that the payments were made after the court ruling were set aside.

Mr. Buabeng also suggested to Mr. Okyere that a letter written to the A-G’s department on the matter was fraught with mistakes for which reason the department could not trace relevant documents on the matter.

Mr. Okyere, however, responded by telling the court that Watervile Holdings were supposed to source the contract of which it assured the government that money in an account at an Austria Bank would be used.

Though, Mr. Okyere admitted that the cabinet memo sent in by Mr. Marfo gave approval to the contract, there were further details that were unclear in the financial proposals submitted by Mr. Woyome.

Mr. Okyere further stood by his words at the previous sitting that five government bodies did not do due diligence on their part hence the payment of the entire amount.

The five institutions, he said are the A-G’s Department, Ministry of Finance, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of CAN 2008, Building Industry Consultancy (BIC) and the Bank of Ghana. By Charles Amankwa

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