June 19, 2014

The Minority in Parliament has charged the Attorney General to apply to the High Court for Alfred Woyome to deposit with government the judgment debt paid to him by the state pending the final determination of the case in court.

Addressing the media, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, said per the Martin Amidu/Waterville ruling, the substance of Alfred Woyome’s claims have been rendered weak.

Last week, the Supreme Court ordered construction company Waterville Holdings Ltd to refund €25 million ($47 million) it received illegally from the state in 2009.

The NPP MPs are hopeful that the ongoing investigations by the Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Appau, would unearth fraudulent dealings similar to that of the Waterville case.

According to the MPs, notwithstanding the fact that the High Court did not make pronouncements on the Woyome case, the Attorney General, Marietta Brew-Appiah, must apply to the High Court to order Mr Woyome to deposit some monies pending the final determination of the case by the Court.

They are also demanding that the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) make public its findings on the payment of judgment debts.

Businessman Alfred Woyome is in Court over judgment debts he allegedly fraudulently obtained. Woyome has been paid a total of GHS 42 million in judgement debt for a contract he claimed was abrogated by the previous government.

The state, following investigations into the matter by EOCO, went to court alleging fraud.