Tuesday 14th January, 2020
Joyce Danso, GNA
Accra, Jan. 14, GNA –
The Supreme Court has slapped a cost of GH¢5,000.00 against a senior lawyer who
represented Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a businessman, saddled in the 51-million cedi
judgement debt to the state.
Muda Ade Lawal, in
fact, had opted for the payment of the cost of which the Court asked him to pay
it within two weeks.
The Supreme Court
had given the lawyer the option of facing the disciplinary committee of the
General Legal Council or pay the cost personally.
The SC observed that
a review application by the lawyer for Woyome was rehash and same had already
been determined by the apex court.
“Where did you get
to know that a dismissed application could be repeated? Don’t ruin your career
because of this application.
You have exhausted
the courts here and the African Court on Human Rights and Justice and you are
back. Go and check the number of lawyers who have been into this case,” the
The court had
declined to Woyome’s plea to pay the 46 million cedis he owed the state by
Lawal then filed a
review application in respect of the mode of payment by Woyome.
Lawyers for Woyome
had come before the court that they were going to pay the state GH¢10 million
upfront and four million cedis every three month till the debt is eschewed.
The apex court
observed that Woyome through his numerous lawyers had made promises previously
to pay the money installments but could not honour them.
On July 29, 2014,
the SC ordered Woyome to refund the 51.2 million cedis on the basis that the
manner in which Woyome obtained the money from the state was unconstitutional and
also the contracts between the state and Waterville Holdings limited in the
construction of stadia for the CAN 2008.