The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has stated that the state will appeal the acquittal and discharge of Alfred Woyome.
“We disagree completely with the judgement of the court,’ Mrs Appiah-Opong said in an interview with Graphiconline.
‘We are applying for a copy of the judgement, study it carefully and appeal accordingly,’ she added.
Woyome was on Thursday acquitted and discharged by the High Court on two counts of defrauding by false pretences and causing financial loss to the state.
According to the presiding judge, John Ajet-Nassam, the prosecutors failed to prove Woyome fraudulently obtained the GHC51.2 million.
Justice Ajet-Nasam also indicted the prosecution for failing to call former Attorney-General, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, Rex Magnus Danquah, Ebo Barton-Odro, Paul Asimenu, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh and others who all had given written opinion that Woyome was entitled to the claim.
Woyome was arrested on February 3, 2012 after the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), which was commissioned by the late President John Evans Atta Mills to investigate payment to him, had implicated him for wrongdoing.
He was first arraigned on February 6, 2012 together with three others.
The three people suspected to have aided Woyome were a Chief State Attorney, Mr Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh; his wife, Mrs Gifty Nerquaye-Tetteh, and the Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr Paul Asimenu.
Woyome was initially charged with conspiracy, defrauding by false pretence and corrupting a public officer, while Mr Nerquaye-Tetteh was charged with conspiracy and corrupting a public officer. Asimenu and Mrs Nerquaye-Tetteh were charged with abetment of crime.
He was alleged to have paid GH¢400,000 to the couple but they and Mr Asimenu were, on June 5, 2012, freed, following the state’s declaration of filing a nolle prosequi to discontinue trying them.
Woyome was, however, re-arraigned and charged with two counts of causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretence.
He was on February 13, 2012 granted a GH¢54 million but his lawyers applied for variation and on February 20, 2012, the bail condition was reviewed and reduced to GH¢20 million.
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