-The African Human Rights Court has ruled for a stay of the Supreme Court's ruling allowing the auctioning Alfred Woyome's assets
-The court believes the auctioning of the businessma's assets will prejudice a case brought before by Mr Woyome
Government's attempt to sell the assets of businessman, Alfred Woyome to offset the GHC51million paid to him under the Mills administration has taken a jolt.
The African Human Rights Court has ruled to stay any attempts to retrieve the money until it determines a matter brought before it by Mr Woyome.
Mr Woyome run to the court following a ruling by the Supreme Court of Ghana which allowed government the option of auctioning his assets to defray the debt.
"The Supreme Court of Ghana erred by linking Alfred Agbesi Woyome to the Waterville contract by ‘necessary linkage’ using the now ‘residual unspecified Jurisdiction’ to ground ‘Justice ‘as their main Principle in ordering a refund of monies paid to Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome legally under the laws of Ghana", his lawyers stated in their petition.
In a November 24 ruling, the court has said the attempt by the government to sell the properties of the Mr Woyome is likely to prejudice the case he brought before it.
According to a Joy News report, the 11-member panel presided over by Sylvain ORE said the African Human Rights Court has jurisdiction over the matter and will 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 the state of Ghana is 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.
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