- An Appeals Court has discharged businessman Alfred Woyome of all charges of financial loss to the state
- The three-member Appeals Court panel have ruled that Mr Woyome the case filed against Mr Woyome is shoddy and unjustified
Embattled businessman Alfred Woyome has been found not guilty of causing financial loss to the state by an Appeals Court following the GHC51 million judgment debt paid to him by the state.
The three-member Appeals Court panel chaired by Justice Victor Ofoe unanimously dismissed have therefore dismissed all Criminal charges stating that State Prosecutors (including the Attorney General) failed to establish allegations of fraud against him.
The Appeals Court judges were also of the opinion that all the grounds upon which state prosecutors are accusing Mr. Woyome of causing financial loss to the State fails before them.
The judges added that the claim by the State that Mr. Woyome did not have a contract with the government of Ghana wasn't substantial in finding the accused person guilty.
It may be recalled that Alfred Woyome was paid GHC51 million for helping Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup - a payment which got contested as an Auditor General's report released in 2010 revealed that the amount was paid illegally to the NDC financier - a development which attracted nationwide controversy with critics accusing government of misappropriating funds. Officials of the New Patriotic Party who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament said Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.
It was all sombre and a sigh of relief for the embattled businessman after the judge sitting on the case ruled that the prosecution failed to prove beyond every reasonable doubt that the suspect was guilty.