Woyome’s Counsel Tenders Barton Odro’s Letter To Mills

Alfred WoyomeA letter purported to have been written to the late President John Evans Atta Mills by the then Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Ebo Barton-Odro, justifying why Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome should be paid the judgement debt, was yesterday tendered in evidence at the Financial Division 2 of the Fast Track High Court, presided by Mr. Justice John Ajet-Nasam.

Mr. Osafo Buabeng, counsel for Woyome, tendered the document in evidence when he cross-examined the acting Chief Director of the Attorney General Department, Mr. Suleiman Ahmed, the eighth witness, who had made about three appearances before the court to give evidence on the GH¢51 million judgement debt saga.

But Mr. Ahmed, when shown the letter, could not tell whether it indeed, was written by Mr. Barton-Odro or not, because some portions of it were not legible; moreso, he had never sighted such a correspondence in the office.

A portion of the letter read in court, said “the Attorney General never hurriedly entered into an agreement with the accused” in respect of the payment of the judgement debt.

Continuing his evidence, the acting Chief Director said when the default judgement was given in favour of Woyome by an Accra High Court on May 24, 2010, the Attorney General filed a motion to set aside the judgement, but was not successful, and granted that the amount due Woyome be paid in instalment, and in the event that the accused lost the case, he would refund the money to the state.
To that end, a total amount of GH¢34,188,987.06 was paid to the accused through his account at the Agricultural Development Bank House in Accra.

He said the first instalment of GH¢10 million was paid on January 27, 2011, second instalment of  GH¢10 million on April 8, 2011, while the third and final payment of GH¢14,188,987.06 was made on September 12, 2011 by the Controller and Accountant-General per the instructions of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP).

Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a Ghanaian businessman, is currently standing trial at the Accra Fast Track High Court for defrauding the State of GH¢51 million under the pretext of securing over one billion Euros (Financial Engineering) from Bank Austria for the Government of Ghana, towards the construction of the Ohene Djan, El Wak and Baba Yara stadia for the CAN 2008 soccer tournament.
The case was adjourned to July 10, for the continuation of Mr. Ahmed’s cross-examination.- Castro Zangina-Tong  

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