S.C adjourns case involving determination of UT Bank property

The absence of a witness to give evidence on a property the UT Bank acquired through Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome, compelled the Supreme Court, yesterday to adjourn the case to next Monday.


But the judge, Mr Anthony A. Benin, sitting on the matter, ordered lawyers of the defunct bank to make the witness available at the next hearing date being Monday, October 22, 2018.


Lawyers at the Attorney-General’s Department have for the past years been battling with the businessman to retrieve GH¢51.2 million the state paid to him as Judgment debt.


The amount paid to Mr Woyome, represent two per cent commission for undertaking financial engineering from Bank Austria towards the construction and rehabilitation of some stadia for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, popularly called CAN 2008.


The Apex Court presided by Mr Justice Anin Yeboah had earlier ruled that Mr Woyome should refund the money to the state because the mode of payment was unconstitutional.


This followed an application filed by the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice now the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Alamisi Amidu, also known as “citizen vigilante”, praying the SC to order the beneficially (Mr Woyome), to pay back the GH¢51.2 million he collected from the state without recourse to Parliament.


Meanwhile, Mr Woyome had paid GH¢4.6 million as part-payment of the total amount yet to be retrieved from him.


The State has been able to identify some properties supposedly owned by the Judgement Debtor (Mr Woyome) which amount to millions of Ghana Cedis while some of these same properties are being claimed ownership by other institutions, including the defunct bank, family members among others.


It is on the basis of the claim of ownership, that the SC wants the owners to appear before it and show proof of acquisition or ownership of the said properties.

By Castro Zangina-Tong                      

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