Woyome To File ‘No Case’ In Court

Alfred WoyomeThe lead counsel for businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, is asking the Financial Division two of the Fast Track High Court in Accra to throw out the suit brought against his client by the state.

At yesterday’s sitting, the coursed, Osarfo Buabeng, told the court presided over by Justice John Ajet- Nasam that Woyome was preparing a submission of “no case “which would soon be filed before the court.

By the submission of no case, Mr. Buabeng could plead with the court to acquit and discharge his client who is on trial for defrauding and causing financial loss to the state.

In response, the judge requested that Chief State Attorney, Matthew Amponsah, also make a submission and together the two parties should file their submissions before March 17 to enable him to give a date for the ruling.

Prosecution close its case at the last sitting, January 31, after a one-and a half years of extracting evidence from nine witnesses.

The ninth and final prosecution witness, Edward Odame Okyere has on countless occasions told the court that monies paid to Woyome were fraudulent and that the payments were made because the state institutions that made the payments did not do due diligence.

After the prosecution, had closed its case, Mr. Woyome was left with two options either to open his defence or file a submission of no case, on which, he could contend that the prosecution has not adduced enough evidence to compel him to open his defence.

However, he has opted for submission of no case urging the court to thrown out the case.

Woyome is standing trial at the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court on two counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretence.

He has, however, denied any wrongdoing.

State prosecutors said Mr Woyome, in February 2010, made a false representation that the government owed him two per cent of €1,106,470,587 for his services of financial engineering for the rehabilitation of the Kumasi, Accra and El-Wak stadia, ahead of the CAN 2008 African Cup of Nations.

Mr. Woyome is said to have allegedly make the false representation to government officials that he had raised the amount from Bank Austria Creditanstalk which representation led to the payment of GH¢ 51,283,480.59 by the Ministry of Finance. By Charles Amankwa

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