Vice President of Policy Think Tank IMANI Ghana, Kofi Bentil has lashed at businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome’s claims of being hounded by the Supreme Court in the judgement debt saga.
The apex court Wednesday issued a ruling giving former Attorney General Mr. Martin Amidu the right to orally cross examine Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome on his assets with regards to the retrieval of the GH¢51.2million judgement debt paid to him by the state in relation to a contract during Ghana’s the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mr. Woyome, by the Supreme Court ruling, is to reappear on Thursday, November 24, 2016 for an oral cross examination by Mr. Martin Amidu. However, the displeased business in an interview after the ruling has bemoaned the Supreme Court decision.
Citing a plethora of reasons, Mr. Woyome said “I feel being persecuted by the Supreme Court”. For the sake of the constitution, I disagree with today’s ruling and I will do whatever I can to stop it.
“The propaganda, the lies, the vilifications on a fellow citizen like yours is too much – 5 years is enough. If there were any iota of truth, they should have gotten it. It has affected my family, affected myself, church members and many people…
After paying only GH¢4million of the GH¢51.2million, Mr. Woyome said: “I am determined to pay the money set by the Supreme Court but I will follow the order and as at when I have money, I will pay to rest this matter but I’ll pursue this matter with the last drop of my blood until justice is served…”
But in a reaction on GHOne TV’s current affairs show ‘State of Affairs’ Wednesday night, Mr, Bentil, also a lawyer by profession, described Woyome’s foul play talk an insult to the citizenry adding that the businessman would not have survived in another country with his decision in refusing to refund state money.
“I will not mince words here. Mr. Woyome should feel more than harassed. If you take GH¢51m of our [Ghana] money illegally and that has been proven in court and you have been told to pay the money back but you have refuse to pay, I think you should feel more harassed than he is feeling right now.
“And if it was a different country, it would be a very different story. Mr. Woyome would not have the breath to tell anybody that he feels harassed. We have a history in this country, people have suffered worse for less,” Kofi Bentil told Nana Aba Anamoah.
“When Mr. Woyome is complaining, I think he is the most fortunate person in this country. He is very lucky that he is not found criminally culpable for this but it is like an insult to the rest of us for him to tell us that he is not going to pay our money and if he’s being asked to pay the money, he feels harassed.
“You owe us GH¢51m which is about $20million and you’ve offered to pay GH¢4m, that is an insult…” he added.