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24.05.2012 General News

NDC Stalls Woyome

By Daily Guide
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A former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Martin Alamisi Amidu, yesterday released another statement in which he expressed fears that the 'so-called legal team of the NDC' is meddling in the prosecution of Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the fraudulent GH¢51.2million judgment debt to prevent justice for the state.

'What I fear is the so-called 'NDC Legal Team' some of whose members unethically make it their business to meddle in the professional affairs of the office of the Attorney-General while at the same time acting as lawyers for clients whose interests are opposed to those of the Republic,' Mr Amidu stated in the statement he personally signed and issued in Accra.

Mr Amidu was sacked as Attorney-General by President Mills after he put up a spirited attempt to retrieve the GH¢51.2million from the NDC financier through a court action.

Since then, there seemed to be delays by the AG's office through several adjournments, with judges sitting on various aspects of the case expressing their frustrations about the frequent delays and handling of the case.

DAILY GUIDE has learnt the presidency is deliberately stalling the case, with a directive to officials linked to the scandal not to volunteer information to the police operatives investigating the case.

The Minister of Finance and other top government officials including the Chief of Staff at the Castle who would be needed to enable the security agents to make an appreciable headway in their investigations are unable to show up for further probing for unexplained reasons.

In a signed statement to support similar fears expressed by Nii Ayikoi Otoo, another former Attorney-General, Mr Amidu once again called on all committed Ghanaians to show interest in efforts to get to the bottom of the matter, stressing the belief that any further adjournment beyond June 4, 2012 would create the impression that government wanted to avoid concluding the trial before the 2012 general elections. 

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Martin Amidu
'I have read the worries expressed by Hon Ayikoi Otoo about the seeming delay in the prosecution of Alfred Agbesi Woyome and others for suspected fraud and other offences arising out of the ill-fated Government of Ghana and Waterville contracts. I entirely share his desire for expeditious justice through an early prosecution of the case,' he noted.

Mr Amidu, whose interest in the prosecution of the infamous Woyome scandal has earned him the nickname 'vigilante,' insisted on the police investigating the case thoroughly. However, he was ruled out by the president, who then directed the EOCO to investigate the case that gripped the nation last December when it came out.

 'I had insisted on Prosper Kwame Agblor, the Director-General/CID, and his very able professional staff being allowed to investigate this matter for possible criminal prosecutions. The President told me to allow the Economic and Organized Crime Office to investigate the case and submit a report first. The Government's inexperienced faction supporting Mr. Woyome did not want any type of police criminal investigations and surprisingly had their way,' Mr Amidu stated. 

He considered the intense pressure from the public agitation against any cover up of the scandal in the circumstances of his exit from office and the subsequent decision to allow the Inspector-General of Police and his Director-General/CID to arrest and investigate Alfred Agbesi Woyome and the state prosecutor, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, as a clear victory for Ghana.

'I have every confidence that if the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is given a free hand to direct the police investigations, the resulting police docket will be solid for prosecution,' he emphasised. 

The former A-G, who was dismissed on the matter of the payment to Woyome, said, 'The Director-General/CID had to build a docket from the scratch. The case, to the best of my knowledge, is complex and could lead to others being charged for prosecution as well.'

'The police cannot just rely on the report and materials supplied by EOCO without taking their own statements and going through the requisite motions,' he stated, since 'EOCO has the capacity, if left alone, to assist the police to trace assets and do many other helpful things for the police'. 

'I also have an additional worry from Hon. Otoo's. I hope the Director of Public Prosecution's Office will have a free hand to review the docket professionally and advise the Attorney-General,' he stated, whilst appreciating the patriotism by his colleague, Nii Otoo, in keeping the matter alive in the eyes of the public.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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