Supreme Court adjourns Woyome review application sine die

Alfred Agbesi Woyome
Alfred Agbesi Woyome

The Supreme Court has adjourned sine die (indefinitely) the review of the decision of the sole judge requesting businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome to be cross-examined by ex-Attorney General Martin Amidu over the GH¢51.2 million judgement debt, .

The three-member panel said their attention had been drawn to application filed by one David K. Ametepe, a legal practitioner, seeking the interpretation of the 1992 Constitution as to whether a sole judge could interpret matters involving the constitution.

Mr Ametepe’s case was that upon a “ a true interpretation of Article 2 (1), 128, 130 and 134 of the Constitution a single justice of the Supreme Court lacks the jurisdiction to determine matters involving the interpretation of the Constitution” hence requiring the court to set aside Justice Anin Yeboah’s decision.

According to the private legal practitioner under “Article 2 (1) and 88 of the constitution, a private person does not have the capacity to initiate, orally examine a judgement debtor and or levy any execution process in respect of a judgment in which the State is the judgement creditor.”

At the hearing of the Review application, the three member panel presided over by Justice Sophia Akuffo said their attention had been drawn to an application seeking the interpretation of the Constitution.

According to Justice Akuffo the application for interpretation had a bearing on the application for review.

She observed that the application for interpretation was due to be heard on December 13 hence the court needed to hold on.

Mr Amidu who represented himself told the Court that he had been served with a supplementary affidavit yesterday.

He was however happy that the matter had been adjourned because the adjournment had taken away the stress he had gone through four years ago.

According to him, four years ago he was arrested and detained by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) on his interest in retrieval of the money.

Justice Akuffo said: “the wheel of Justice grinded slowly and finely.”

On December 2, the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Anin Yeboah granted a stay of proceedings on Mr Woyome cross-examination by Mr Amidu over the GH¢51.2 million judgement debt.

The court upheld Woyome’s request to enable a three- member panel to be constituted to hear the review of his application compelling him to be cross examined. 

The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Woyome to pay back the GH¢51.2million judgment debt which the state said he fraudulently obtained.

Mr Amidu proceeded to court to grant him the opportunity to cross examine Woyome over the money he received  and the Court obliged him on November 16, 2016.

Source: GNA

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