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NO RELIEF FOR WOYOME - As Supreme Court ‘nullifies’ ACHPR order

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What appeared to be a relief for Alfred Woyome, who has been trying all legal gymnastics to foil the effort of the state at retrieving the sum of GHC51.2 million illegally paid to him, has turned out to be a ‘flash in a pan’, with the highest court of the land giving State Attorneys the green light to continue with all the processes activated to retrieve money, in spite of an order by the African Court to suspend the move.

What appeared to be a relief for Alfred Woyome, who has been trying all legal gymnastics to foil the effort of the state at retrieving the sum of GHC51.2 million illegally paid to him, has turned out to be a ‘flash in a pan’, with the highest court of the land giving State Attorneys the green light to continue with all the processes activated to retrieve money, in spite of an order by the African Court to suspend the move.

 

The Tanzania-based African Court on Human and People’s Rights, last week Friday, issued an order to Ghana to suspend all processes meant for the retrieval of the money wrongfully paid to the embattled businessman as judgement debt.

Ghana’s State Attorneys were accordingly ordered to cease any attempt to seize Mr Woyome’s properties and, “take all appropriate measures to maintain the status quo and avoid the property being sold” until a case brought before it by Woyome was determined.

Mr Woyome had proceeded to the African Human Rights Court in January this year when government commenced efforts to sell his properties as a way of retrieving monies wrongfully paid to him.

He had claimed the state breached a financial engineering agreement it signed with him for the construction of the Accra and Kumasi Sports Stadia ahead of the CAN 2008 tournament.

In its November 24 ruling, the 11-member panel, presided over by Sylvain ORE, said the Court had the jurisdiction over the matter and would, therefore, take steps to preside over same.

The Court said it took the decision to grant the request for interim measures because a substantial injustice would be done to Mr Woyome if Ghana was allowed to auction his properties and the court later decides in his favour.

“The court finds that the situation raised in the present application is of extreme gravity and urgency on the basis that should the applicant’s property be attached and sold to recover the 51, 283, 480.59 the applicant would suffer irreparable harm if the application on the merits is decided in his favour…” the court said.

But, yesterday, the Supreme Court of Ghana ruled that the ACHPR did not have the jurisdiction over Ghana’s constitutional mandate.

The highest court of the land, in a unanimous decision, accordingly dismissed an application for stay of proceedings filed by Mr Woyome to stop the Attorney General from orally examining him on the amount, insisting that his application for stay of proceedings lacked merit.