Woyome Freed In 51m Judgement Debt Scandal

An Accra High Court has freed business man Alfred Agbesie Woyome.

The NDC financier was facing two counts of causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretence after he was accused of illegally receiving 51 million cedis in 2010 for his role in the construction of stadia for the CAN 2008 tournament held in Ghana.

But Justice Ajet-Nasam said the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused person.

In a ruling handed, Thursday, the judge did not understand why key actors in the case including former Attorney General and her deputy, Betty Mould Iddrisu and Ebo Barton Oduro respectively were not invited to testify.

He had no option than to let the accused person walk.

There was sudden eruption of jubilation from family members and friends of Alfred Woyome who thronged the court in solidarity with the business man.

Facts of the case
Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million for helping Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.

However an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to the NDC financier.

The report triggered nationwide controversy with critics accusing government of misappropriating funds. Officials of the New Patriotic Party who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament said Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.

The then Attorney General Joe Ghartey said Woyome was contracted to help in raising money for the construction works but he failed to meet the deadline.

He said the NPP government had no choice than to abrogate the contract with Woyome.

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