In a biting revelation Wednesday, “citizen vigilante” and former Attorney-General Martin Amidu said there was a deliberate ploy by the John Mahama- led government, through the Attorney-General to impede actions he took at the Supreme Court to retrieve a ¢51 million judgment debt illegally paid to Alfred Woyome.
Shortly after being fired by the late President John Mills over an alleged “misconduct”, Martin Amidu on his own proceeded to the Supreme Court as a “citizen vigilante” and was able to secure favourable judgments for the State against Woyome, Waterville and Austro-invest.
The Supreme Court ruled that all those companies and or individuals must refund monies unconstitutionally paid to them in the name of judgment debts.
The State has begun processes to retrieve the money. The Deputy Attorney-General Dominic Ayine said in a month’s time the Department would tell Ghanaians how far they have in retrieving the money.
However, Martin Amidu claims the government impeded his efforts to secure favourable judgment against Woyome and his collaborators who defrauded the State.
“The perception I have come away with in my handling of the Constitutional cases against the Attorney-General, Waterville, and Woyome/Austro-Invest is that the John Dramani Mahama NDC Government under its Attorney-General, Mrs. Brew Appiah-Oppong has at every step done everything in its power to impede the success of the cases,” Amidu stated in a rejoinder to a story published in the Daily Graphic.
Dismissing claims that he was fired for misconduct, Amidu said his proposal to have Betty Mould; former Attorney-General, and the woman who approved the payment of the judgment debt to Woyome, enter the dock as prosecution witness, was at variance with the members in the government and caused his firing from office.
“I had made it clear to the Mills/Mahama Government as its Attorney-General that no prosecution in the scam involving the over GHâ‚µ51million will succeed by targeting Woyome alone without Waterville, Austro-Invest, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, the Chief State Attorney whose spouse EOCO reveal had received GHâ‚µ400,000 from Woyome while he was handling the case as an Attorney for the Government, and others.
“I had suggested that Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu should be persuaded to be a prosecution witness in lieu of prosecution. The Government disagreed, so I was removed from office. But Woyome did not walk into the Bank of Ghana with an AK 47 or a Bazooka to take the over GHâ‚µ51million from the Government of Ghana,” he stated.
“The role played by Lithur, Brew and Co as lawyers for Austro-Invest which they knew had been liquidated was what moved me to complain to the Supreme Court about what I perceived to be the professional misconduct of Lithur, Brew and Co in holding out a liquidated foreign registered company as one having capacity to sue and be sued in Ghana.
“They had a duty to have satisfied themselves on the legal persona of Austro-Invest before issuing and continuing any suits and applications against Woyome in the High Court.
“Lithur, Brew and Co. could be liable with Ray Smith for abetment of perjury for the affidavits deposed by Ray Smith and filed in the High Court by them on his behalf,” he stated.
While convinced that the NDC as a government facilitated the payment to Woyome, Mr Amidu is also clear in his mind that the current Attorney General is liable for perjury.
According to him the chambers of the current Attorney General, Lithur, Brew and Co, represented in court a company-Austro-invest which had been liquidated in 2011.
He stated the chambers knew too well that the company had been liquidated and yet decided to sue on its behalf, an action he deemed amounted to perjury.
He said he drew the attention of the Supreme Court about the possibility of perjury and got an adverse comment to be made against the lawyers of the chambers.
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