Alfred Agbesi Woyom
Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that the state is yet to serve Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) bankroller, after filing their address on February 12, 2015.
Woyome is before an Accra High Court presided over by Justice John Ajet-Nassam for causing financial loss to the state to the tune of GH¢51.28 million and judgment is expected to be delivered on March 12, 2015.
A source close to the court’s registry told DAILY GUIDE that Woyome went there last Thursday to verify whether or not the state had filed its address and was told that the state had done so.
Osafo Boabeng, counsel for the financier, told the court last December that their address was ready and the trial judge had ordered the state to file their address in February and serve the suspect to enable him to give judgment on the said date.
It is unclear whether the state’s inability to serve Woyome on time could affect the judgment day.
The state called eight witnesses including the former Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Yaw Osafo Marfo, who told the court that the whole bidding process was halted after the Government of Ghana realised that dealing with Shanghai Construction would help save time and money.
Evidence from CEO of Waterville Andrei Orlandi claimed the state had paid every pesewa owed the NDC financier.
While Woyome admitted receiving money from Waterville, he claimed it was for work done which was completely unrelated to the financial engineering role he played in connection with the construction of stadia for the Confederation of African Nations (CAN) 2008 for which he was entitled to payment.
Woyome is in court for causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretences and if convicted, he is most likely to face not less than five years in jail and possibly refund the GH¢51.28 million dubiously paid to him with possibly interest.
By Fidelia Achama
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