SC quashes Woyome’s applications

Mr Alfred  Woyome

Mr Alfred Woyome

A three-member panel of judges of the Supreme Court (SC), presided by Mr Justice William Atuguba, yesterday dismissed all the two review applications filed at the court by Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
Mr Woyome’s applications were in connection with an order granted the Attorney-General (A-G) to orally examine him on oath regarding the payment of the GH¢51.2 million he was paid as judgement debt from the state.
The A-G on June 2, 2017, filed an ex parte application against the businessman at the SC for an order to orally examine him (Mr Woyome) whether there are any debts owing to the 3rd defendant/ Judgement debtor.
The A-G also want to examine Woyome if  he has any property for satisfying the Judgement debt of the Court, dated  July 29, 2014, whether 3rd defendant has any means of satisfying the Judgement of this Court dated July 29 , 2014.

The A-G wants to examine the 3rd defendant on the manner he used the money paid to him by the state.
The A-G further filed another ex parte application to impose a temporary charge on any and all shares of Mr Woyome in 11 companies.
Mr Justice Anthony A. Benin, a single Judge, hearing the matter, granted the orders, but this did not go down well with the applicant who later filed the following:

“Motion on notice pursuant to Article 134 (b) of the constitution, 1992, and the Supreme Court Rules, 1996(C.1.16) Rule 73 and inherent Jurisdiction to stay all enforcement proceedings in respect of the Supreme Court Judgement dated  July 29, 2014, pending the hearing and determination of the application before the African Court of Justice and the International Arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)”.
By dismissing all the two applications, it now means that the SC has cleared the way for the A-G to examine the businessman orally on oath on Monday, July 24, 2017, to ascertain whether he (Mr Woyome) has what it takes to pay the GH¢51.2 million to the state.
Meanwhile, records sighted by The Ghanaian Times pointed to the fact that Mr Woyome had already paid GH¢4,5m,  as part-payment to the state.
He first paid GH¢4million in November 7, 2016 and another GH¢500,000.00 in November 22, 2016.

By: Castro Zangina-Tong& Priscilla Allotey

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