Businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has been advised to immediately withdraw some wild claims he made against the Supreme Court justices or risk being cited for contempt.
Mr. Woyome, who is to be orally examined by former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, in the controversial GHc51 million judgement debt case, has accused Ghana’s apex court of persecuting him.
“I feel that the Supreme Court is persecuting me,” he lamented while addressing the media on Thursday.
But speaking on Eyewitness News on Friday, Yaw Oppong, a private legal practitioner, said such comments make Mr. Woyome a “candidate for contempt.”
“I think that particular statement should have been withdrawn by now by the gentleman [Woyome]. It is another organ of state, and a very important one at that. When a case goes well for you; then everybody must sing the praises of God; but when it goes against you then you see everything wrong about it.”
“I think that if his lawyers have advised him and he has refused, that’s okay; otherwise this is a statement that he should have withdrawn because ordinarily; it has made him a candidate for contempt proceedings,” he noted.
Brouhaha over GHc51 million booty
Yaw Oppong made the comment on the back of some press conferences and counter statements from Mr. Woyome and Martin Amidu respectively, after the Supreme Court granted the latter an opportunity to orally examine Mr. Woyome, regarding the repayment of the judgment debt paid to him.
Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million after he claimed that he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
However an Auditor General’s report released in 2010, said the amount was paid illegally him and subsequently a Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the money after Mr. Martin Amidu challenged the legality of the payments in court.
Some efforts by the Attorney General to retrieve the GHc51 million including selling his property to defray the debt, has proved futile.
This compelled Mr. Amidu to return to court to seek an order to examine Woyome, after the Attorney General backtracked from pursuing the case despite serving an earlier notice to orally examine him.