Businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has accused the Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong of benefiting about GHC1.4 from the GH¢51 million paid him as judgement debt.
In a letter addressed to the Attorney General on March 13, Mr Woyome stated that “In as much as I am not against the decision of the State to appeal, I am particularly against your [Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong] conduct and public utterances during the trial and after the judgment.”
The Attorney General (AG) has submitted a notice of appeal against the acquittal of businessman Alfred Woyome describing the ruling of the judge as “biased” and “unlawful.”
“I find it difficult to reconcile your decision to involve yourself directly in this criminal case and notice of appeal you have authorized to be issued and served on me. it is a fact that you and your clients received approximately one million dollars equivalent in Ghana cedis from the said judgment debt you now so much criminalized and want me jailed for. the cedis equivalent was GH¢1,474,393.00 through an Agricultural Development Bank cheque number 727324 dated 06/10/11 in the joint names of Ray and Ingeborg Smith.”
In the said letter, Mr. Woyome also called on the AG to resign from her position.
“I am humbly appealing to you to step aside or resign totally as an Attorney General for another person to pursue the appeal in the interest of the justice,” the letter said.
“This case has ran approximately three and half years and you have had all the opportunity to prove any case against my person; more so as you know that the default judgment was negotiated between myself and the Attorney General together with officials of the Presidency with the knowledge of then Chief of Staff who was copied with every correspondence,” Mr Woyome noted.
The negotiated judgment debt was filed at the Registry of the High Court as a Consent Judgment.
The government of Ghana showed bad faith thereafter and filed a motion to set aside what have been filed at the registry
Thereafter, there was a ruling two times in my favour and the government represented by the Attorney General was ordered to pay GH¢ 17,094,493.53.
Your department having fulfilled the payment of the GH¢ 17,094,493.53 and went ahead and paid the rest of the amount in tranches after a pre-trial conference.
Your firm, Lithur Brew and Co. knowing about the above occurence demanded to be paid an amount of over a million dollars on behalf of your client I duly paid your firm; evidence of which is attached.
Your firm, Lithur Brew and Co. actually represented the other Directors of M-Powapak and Austro Invest
Your firm, Lithur Brew and Co. further filed a suit for and on behalf of Austro Invest, a suit you later discountinued. You subsequently became Attorney General of the the Republic of Ghana.
My confusion is as a result of your insistence that the fruit from the Judgement of a competent court of jurisdiction, in fact, a judgement debt is criminal.
You are a beneficiary of that fruit which you are seeking so hard to taint.
It is my firm belief that another Attorney General should be the one pursuing this issue further since you are wearing a biased lens in making decisions concerning this case.
I further believe that with this biased lens, you cannot properly and fairly advise the Government of Ghana on this issue of exercising the constitutional rights of an Attorney General as stated in article 88 pf tje 1992 Constitution vis-a-vis my rights under the same Constitution of the Republic of GHana as a citizen.
By: Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/citifmonline.com/Ghana