Alfred Woyome Loses Case; Waterville To Refund GHC 41m.
The Supreme Court by a unanimous decision has ruled in favour former Attorney General, Martin Amidu in the suit filed against Alfred Agbesi Woyome, Waterville Holdings and Austro Invest.
According to the ruling, Waterville Holdings must refund the GHC 41 million paid to them to the state.
The court however ruled that a decision on the GHC 51.2 million paid to Woyome will be made after the case at the High Court is resolved.
Mr. Amidu asked the court to order Mr Woyome, Waterville Holdings and Austro Invest to pay back to the state all monies paid to them as judgment debt.
Citi News’ Umaru Sanda Amadu who was at the Supreme Court reported that the Supreme Court highly commended “Mr. Martin Amidu for the case that he brought before the Supreme Court. They were unanimous in thanking him and even all other citizens who so wish to do so in the future.”
He further stated that the court granted six releases out of the 15 which was brought before the court saying.
According to him, the lawyers for the defendants have been referred to the General Legal Council after Mr. Amidu raised an issue that “they [lawyers] knew very well the case was not a very good one yet, they went ahead to defend the defendants.”
The Supreme Court however ruled that the High Court “should go ahead with some of the cases its holding because these are not prejudiced by their ruling today,” said Umaru Sanda.
Mr. Amidu filed the suit asking the court order Mr. Woyome, Waterville and Austro- Invest to refund to the Republic of Ghana, all sums of money paid to them severally or jointly upon or as a result of the unconstitutional conduct of the Attorney General.
Mr. Amidu filed the writ independently at the Supreme Court because, according to him, the then Attorney General’s Department had showed no interest in retrieving the monies paid as judgment debt.