Private prosecutors for Woyome trial: policy analysts, prosecutors disagree
4/25/2012 4:00:39 PM -
A former State Prosecutor, Augustine Obour, is challenging suggestions that the involvement of private prosecutors in the ongoing trial of businessman Alfred Woyome will speed up the process.
He is therefore discounting claims that state prosecutors were responsible for the continuous delay in prosecuting the case involving the payment of millions of cedis in judgment debt to Mr. Woyome.
He was contributing to discussions on Joy News Television's current affairs programme, pm: EXPRESS.
He cited the cumbersome procedure in engagement as well as huge costs involved as reasons for government's inability to employ the services of private or special prosecutors on the case.
The Centre for National Affairs (CNA) earlier in the week advocated the engagement of independent prosecutors to speed up the trial of Mr. Woyome for 'duping' the state of GH¢ 51 million in judgment debt.
A Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for National Affairs, Rocky Obeng told programme host, Nii Arday Clegg observations of the trial so far points to the need for private prosecutors to fast-track it.
In his opinion, the state has not shown enough commitment to the case and has taken too long a time to build it.
But Mr. Obour said bringing on private prosecutors will rather slow down the entire process.