AG’s claim to appeal Woyome ruling mere rhetoric – Amoako-Baah

General News of Friday, 13 March 2015


Prof Richard Amoako Baah

A Political Scientist Dr. Richard Amoako-Baah has described as mere “rhetoric” the claim by the Attorney General that the State will appeal the High court ruling that granted freedom to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

According to him, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong made the statement after the ruling on Thursday because it appeared like the most prudent thing to say.

Woyome was 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 opinions that Woyome was entitled to the money.

Commenting on the development on Morning Starr on Friday, Head of the Political Science department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology said the odds were against the State from the beginning of the trial.

“That appeal talk is just rhetoric. That is all it is. That is what she is supposed to say. What is she going to appeal?

“How can an Attorney-General lose such a case when she had all the resources at her disposal to subpoena people, to charge people.

“You decided not to do it and now you come and give us this rhetoric that you are going to appeal; appeal what?” he fumed.