Legal practitioner, Egbert Faibille Jnr has rubbished calls by businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome for the Attorney General (AG) to resign stressing his call is misplaced and mischievous.
According to him, the call by the embattled businessman is uninformed and arising out of bitterness following the notice of appeal filed against him by the AG.
Mr Woyome, a known financier of the the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who was just acquitted and discharged in a 51 million cedis judgment debt scandal, on Monday asked the Attorney General (AG) to resign.
He maintained in a statement that the AG, Mrs Marrieta Brew Appiah-Oppong is biased and unfit to be the Chief legal advisor of the president.
According to him, prior to becoming the Attorney General Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong and her firm benefitted from the 51million cedis judgment debt he was paid in 2010.
“I find it difficult to reconcile your decision to involve yourself directly in this criminal case and notice of appeal you have authorised to be issued and served on me. It is a fact that you and your clients received approximately $1 million, the equivalent in Ghana cedis from the said judgement debt you now so much criminalise and want me jailed for,” he said in a statement.
But Appiah-Oppong has described Alfred Agbesi Woyome’s accusations as “completely false”.
Egbert Faibille Jnr, speaking on the allegations by Mr Woyome on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Tuesday, said the accusations are “very misplaced uninformed mischievous call” because as lawyers “we operate under certain structures, we operate under certain ethics and all other considerations of good sense and common sense with respect to our conduct.”
“From the facts of this matter, it is very clear that Mr Woyome’s contention is that the learned Attorney General or her firm that she worked for has worked against him before…and that by reason of that the Attorney General is complicit and bias” and should not be the one to lead in a case against him.
Mr Faibille noted that a lawyer becomes potentially biased if he or she uses the facts of a case he or she worked on for a client and uses those to facts to later prosecute that client.
He observed that, from the facts of the current case, “the learned Attorney General rather worked against Mr Woyome [and] how that can turn into a clear case of bias that ‘you have worked for me before and know the facts of this case while I was paying you so you cannot use it against me’,” is a non-starter.
The legal practitioner advised that if Mr Woyome feels the AG has conducted herself as a lawyer or done anything that is against the ethics of the profession, he should go to the General Legal Council for remedies.
Egbert Faibille Jnr believes that the AG on “this matter should rather be applauded for having consistently worked against Mr Woyome even from her private practice right through to the point where she is even in government.”
Asked what he believes could be the motivation behind Mr Woyome’s attack on the AG, he said “it is very clear that Mr Woyome’s beef is with the fact that a notice of appeal has been filed appealing his acquittal and discharge by the trial High Court.”
“No sane person working in the legal and governance structures of this country will uphold Mr Woyome’s contentions against Mrs Marrieta Brew-Oppong,” Mr Faibille added. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)
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