The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would have to wait a while longer or probably forgo having an encounter with Businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome who is in the centre of the controversial GH¢ 51million judgment debt.
This is because lawyers of Mr. Woyome have written to the Parliamentary Committee telling them “our client will not take part in proceedings relating to this matter before your committee.”
This was in reply to an invitation letter written by the Public Accounts Committee dated July 17, 2012 to Mr. Alfred Woyome asking him to appear before the committee on Monday July 23 at 1:00pm.
In the PAC’s letter, it said in part that “one of the issues under consideration by the Committee is the Payment of Judgment Debts/Compensation to some individuals and institutions as compensation.”
Responding to the PAC’s letter however, lawyers for Mr. Alfred Woyome intimated that “we are instructed by our client, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, to inform you of his inability to appear before your committee to assist in its deliberations on payment of Judgement Debts/Compensation to some individuals and institutions as compensation as contained in your letter under reference.
“Our client is presently facing two counts of Defrauding by False Pretences and Wilfully causing financial loss, contrary to specified provisions of the Criminal Code; Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (ACT 29).
“Besides the Attorney General commenced an action at the High Court, Commercial Division, Accra, seeking to set aside the earlier consent judgement of the court that awarded him the amount paid by the Government on grounds of fraud.”
The letter went on further to say that “as you might be aware, Martin Alamisi Amidu, the former Attorney General, whose outbursts on the matter is unparalleled, has also filed a suit in the Supreme Court in respect of the same matter against our client and three other persons.
“The cumulative effect of all these is that the very issue you intend to deliberate on is SUB JUDICE and our client will not take part in proceedings relating to this matter before your committee.”
In conclusion Mr. Woyome’s lawyers indicated that “please do not construe this stance of our client to mean an evasion on matters you intend to raise but rather as his respect for the rule of law and belief in the separation of powers provided by the 1992 constitution.”
Source: citifmonline. com
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