State fails to challenge Woyome’s claim of ‘no case’

The State Monday failed to file the necessary papers in rebuttal to the businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome’s claim of no case against him at the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court in Accra.

Consequently, the court, presided over by Mr Justice John Ajet-Nasam, directed the State to file its response to the businessman’s claim to enable him to rule on the application.

A Chief State Attorney, Mr Mathew Amponsah, apologised to the court for their inability to file their response to Woyome’s claim.

He said the submission of ‘no case’ came to them on March 3, 2014 and added that considering the work, they could not file the response within two weeks.

He, therefore,applied to the court for an extension of time to enable them (the State) to cover all the necessary grounds and file their response to Woyome’s claim.

But counsel for Woyome, Mr Musah Ahmed told the court that his client filed the submission on February 27, 2014.

He suggested to the court to oblige the State for the last time.

Mr Justice Ajet-Nasam then adjourned sitting to March 31, 2014 to enable the State to file its response. January 30 proceedings

The State, on January 30, 2014, brought its case to a close after it had called nine witnesses.

Mr Amponsah, announced that the prosecution had exhausted the number of prosecution witnesses billed to testify against Woyome. Facts of the case

State prosecutors say Mr Woyome, in February 2010, made a false representation that the government owed him two per cent of €1,106,470,587 for his services of financial engineering for the rehabilitation of the Kumasi, Accra and El-Wak stadia, ahead of the CAN 2008 African Cup of Nations.

At the hearing on November 6, 2013, the ninth prosecution witness told the court that responses from the Bank of Austria to two institutions in Ghana indicated that there was no agreement to provide funding for any project in Ghana.

The two institutions — the Police Administration and the Attorney-General’s Department — had written to the bank for responses on whether Mr Woyome had any agreement with the bank to provide funding for projects in the country.

The witness, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Edward Odame Okyere, an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, said the bank also responded that there was no binding offer from it to fund projects in Ghana.

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