Betty, Barton Odro sued over Woyome scandal

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ebo Barton Odro, and former Attorney General, Betty Mould Iddrisu have been dragged to court for their roles in the payment of the controversial 51 million cedis judgement debt to Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

The Convention Peoples Party’s former Youth Organiser, James Kwabena Bomfeh filed the writ at the High Court.

The controversial judgement debt was paid under the supervision of Mrs Betty Mould Iddirisu when she was the Attorney General and her deputy Barton Odro for his role in the construction of stadia for the CAN 2008 tournament held in Ghana.

Mr. Bomfeh believes the former attorney general and her deputy knew that Mr. Woyome’s claims were dubious and still went ahead to make payment.

The payment was however declared by the Supreme Court as illegal. Alfred Woyome was therefore ordered by the court to refund the 51 million cedis, which is yet to be paid back to the state.

However, in March 2015, the embattled businessman was acquitted and discharged on the counts of causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretence, after he was accused of illegally receiving 51 million cedis.

Presiding judge John Ajet-Nassam did not understand why key actors in the case including Betty Mould Iddrisu and Ebo Barton Odro were not invited to testify.

Mr Bomfeh is therefore asking the court for an order for payment of monies that have been wasted by the defendants, owing to payment they caused to be made by the Government of Ghana to Woyome.

He is also asking the court to order the defendants to pay “interest on any such sums of money from the date of the…payment till date of final payment.”

Also joined to the suit are chief state attorney Samuel Nerquaye-Tettey and Director of legal affairs at the finance ministry Paul Asimenu.

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