The Supreme Court will on November 28 decide whether to suspend the Attorney General from proceeding to orally examine embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, on the GHC51.2 million he owes the state.
The Attorney General has since July this year tried without success to examine Mr. Woyome on the amount, which was wrongfully paid to him in a bid by the State to determine his properties and use same to recover the money.
Mr. Woyome has used the legal processes both locally and international to prevent the oral examination from happening.
He currently has an appeal pending at the African Court African Court for People and Human Rights based in Arusha, Tanzania, regarding some declarations made by Ghana’s Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court of Ghana erred by linking Alfred Agbesi Woyome to the Waterville contract by ‘necessary linkage’ using the now ‘residual unspecified Jurisdiction’ to ground ‘Justice ‘as their main Principle in ordering a refund of monies paid to Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome legally under the laws of Ghana,” Mr Woyome claims in his case before the African Court of Justice.
In view of the pending case, Woyome caused his lawyers to file an application for praying the Supreme Court to suspend the oral examination until the case at the African court is determined. At the hearing of the application Tuesday, his lawyer, Osafo Buabeng, argued that the Supreme Court ought to rule suspend all proceedings in Ghana the African Court for People and Human Rights makes a determination in his case, TV3’s Selorm Amenya reported.
But the Deputy Attorney General, Godred Yeboah Dame opposed the application, stating it is an affront to the country’s 1992 constitution, our correspondent reported.
He submitted that the African Court of People and Human Rights cannot exercise jurisdiction over the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Mr Dame has thus urged the court constituted by five justices and presided over by Justice Jones Dotse to dismiss the application and order the applicant to avail himself for the oral examination to continue.
The Supreme Court then fixed November 28 to decide whether to dismiss the application or otherwise.