AG appeal in Woyome case dead on arrival – Emil Short

Former Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Emile Short has said he is skeptical about the success of the Attorney General’s decision to appeal the acquittal and discharge of businessman Alfred Woyome.

According to him, the AG is “unlikely to succeed” because she will not be given the opportunity to produce new evidence to back her claims.

The Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has hinted their preparedness to retrieve the Ȼ51 million fraudulently paid to Mr. Woyome.

This was after a High Court cleared him of all counts of defrauding by false pretence and causing financial loss to the State for his role in the construction of stadia for the CAN 2008 tournament in Ghana.

But the Attorney General has assured the State will pursue the case at the Supreme Court to ensure Mr. Woyome refunds the money.

Speaking on Citi FM Friday, Justice Emile Short said the decision to file for an appeal will be an exercise in futility.

He explained that since the Supreme Court will be bound by the evidence adduced in court, which exonerated Alfred Woyome, the case will be dead on arrival.

The former CHRAJ boss could not fathom why state prosecutors failed to produce the material witnesses in court to help their case.

On the way forward, Justice Emile Short said the Attorney General’s department should be decoupled from the Ministry of Justice to ensure successful prosecution of cases.

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