Supreme Court orders Woyome to submit to oral examination

Supreme Court orders Woyome to submit to oral examination

- The Supreme Court has ordered Alfred Woyome for the second time to appear before it for an oral examination

- The Court has dismissed Woyome's application seeking to block the court from examining him

The Supreme Court has for the second time ordered embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, to appear before it, to be orally examined about how he spent the GHC 51.2 million judgment debt wrongly paid to him by the state.

This is not the first time the Highest Court of the land is ordering the National Democratic Congress member to appear before it.

Mr Woyome was ordered last year by the same court to submit to an oral examination on the judgment debt saga, but the businessman filed an application to block the order.

Supreme Court orders Woyome to submit to oral examination

Businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome

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However, the Supreme Court dismissed the application filed by lawyers of Woyome seeking to halt the oral examination.

Supreme Court judges, Justice William Atuguba, Justice Sophia Adenyira and Justice Jones Dotse, who sat on the case unanimously dismissed Woyome’s application.

According to a report, the court in a decision read by Justice Atuguba, was simply a ruse consistent with Woyome's delay tactics, the application fails and was accordingly dismissed in its entirety, the Court said.

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After the dismissal of the application, Mr. Woyome claimed that his fundamental human rights were being violated by the Supreme Court decision, ordering his oral examination.

Woyome’s second reason for his application argued that the Supreme Court in its order, breached sections of its own rules as provided for in CI 47.

He then filed a fresh suit at the African Court for Human and People's Rights last year.

However, the Supreme Court on November 28, 2017, ignored an order made by the African Court asking Ghana to halt efforts to attach properties of Alfred Agbesi Woyome for purposes of retrieving the 51.2 million cedis.

The African Court in a ruling ordered that Ghana government puts on hold all processes pending a determination of the substantive case Woyome brought before the court.

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