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Woyome Payment Was Legitimate; Asimenus Letter Says So Lawyer   
 
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22-Jun-2012  
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Defence counsel in the controversial Alfred Woyome judgement debt trial has tendered in evidence a letter written by the Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Paul Asimenu which sought to exonerate Mr. Woyome from charges of causing financial loss and defrauding by false pretense.

The letter relatively summarized why Alfred Woyome was deserving of the 51 million paid him by the state. It was also to challenge claims by the first prosecution witness, Mangowa Ghanney who had testified that Mr. Woyome was paid without a contract.

Mangua Ghanney, in a cross-examination, was made to read to the hearing of the court, paragraphs of the said letter which spelt out that the payment to Woyome was legitimate. Having read the letter, the defence lawyer, Safo Buabeng, then pushed the witness if she still stood by her earlier testimony that Woyome was paid based on a default judgment and without a contract.

Mangowa Ghanney affirmed her earlier position that Woyome was paid based on a default judgement, insisting she could not say whether or not Woyome was paid legitimately because she did not author the letter tendered in as evidence.

It has been noted that the tendering of the letter was not without controversy as the prosecution raised an objection, arguing that Paul Asimenu, who was said to have authored the letter, was alive and could come to court to verify the authenticity of the letter.

Paul Asimenu was previously arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the state over the same case but was discharged.

After a brief recess, the sitting judge overruled the objection by the prosecution and allowed the letter to be tendered in as evidence.

The prosecution witness was also made to produce to the court a memo she wrote notifying the Finance Minister about a letter directing the Ministry to pay Mr. Woyome the amount of GH51 million.

The letter came from the then Attorney General, Betty Mould Iddrisu ordering the release of the said amount. The memo was minuted and had three different signatories the Finance Minister, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor; the Director of Legal Affairs Paul Asimenu; as well as the budget officer. However, the signature of the Finance Minister was cancelled.

Mangowa Ghanney explained that the particular memo was only an administrative procedure she followed. She was discharged as witness and the case adjourned to July 3 and 4, 2012.
 
 
Source: Daily Guide
 
 

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