- Martin Amidu has expressed disappointment in the state for its inability to retrieve a €47 million judgement debt paid illegally to businessman Woyome
- The Special Prosecutor also noted that both the governments of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were complicit in the illegal payment of judgements
- The Supreme Court in June 2013 ruled in favour of Martin Amidu in a judgment debt case brought against Alfred Woyome, Waterville Holdings and Isofoton
The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has slammed the inability of successive governments to retrieve a €47 million judgement debt paid illegally to Waterville Holding.
According to him, he personally feels let down, adding that Ghanaians have been betrayed by their own government.
Speaking on the talk show ‘Time with David, Mr. Amidu said he will duly return to court to fight on in order to ensure the money is retrieved.
“I feel very bad. And I feel not personally betrayed. I feel Ghanaians have been betrayed by their own governments,” he said.
The Special Prosecutor dragged the Attorney-General to the Supreme Court on grounds that the department failed to carry out an order to retrieve the €47 million judgement debt.
He held that despite a ruling by an Arbitration Tribunal that the judgement debt be retrieved, the ruling is yet to be carried out.
According to him, Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo, even failed to tell the Ghanaian public that the International Court of Arbitration has ruled in favour of Ghana on the matter against Waterville Holding, a construction firm and Alfred Woyome, a businessman.
“The reason why I fell out with [late President Prof Evans Atta Mills] was that on the 13th of January 2012 I insisted that we retrieve those monies – from both Woyome and Waterville,” Mr. Amidu explained.
“We disagreed, I decided that I was leaving…But I had assured Prof Mills that when I leave, I was going to ensure that that Waterville and Woyome case goes to the Supreme Court so that a decision will be made that I was right. “I pursued at my personal expense, time and everything...God being good, we won – GH¢51 million with interest. Against Waterville, a total of GH¢47 million with interest.”
He further indicated his readiness to return to court to fight for the retrieval of the money following the reluctance of successive governments to act.
He said he would not relent, adding that he is aware of some persons trying to stifle the works of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
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