Prosecution Pleads For Time In Woyome case

The Prosecution in the Woyome case has pleaded with the Financial Court hearing the matter to grant it an additional two weeks to file responses to the submission of no case made by the defence.

According to the Prosecution the team was unable to file the responses on February 27, 2014 as ordered by court because it only received the submissions of the defence on March 3, 2014 two weeks before the adjourned date, March17, 2014.

Mr Matthew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, told the financial court that the prosecution could not file the answers before February 27, because at the last adjourned date it underestimated the workload.

He therefore prayed the court to grant the team two more weeks to file the responses to the defence submissions since they had a lot of grounds to cover.

Mr Musa Ahmed, Counsel for Woyome, told the court that though the defence was able to file submission of no case on February 27, the defence was yet to receive the responses from the prosecution.

He said the Attorney General’s Department had a lot of lawyers to work on the case and that their internal problems should not affect the defence. He said the prosecution’s stand on the “underestimated the workload” was untenable.

Mr Ahmed also stated that due to the nature of the case the defence would oblige prosecution for the last time. Woyome, a businessman is standing trial for defrauding by false pretenses and causing financial loss to the State.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is on GH¢20 million bail with three sureties to be justified. The case has been adjourned to March 31, 2014.