A Private Legal Practitioner, Nana Agyei Baffour-Awuah says he would have been surprised if Businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome’s Judgment debt saga had favored the state.
According to him, the two charges which are willfully causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretense were not applicable to Alfred Woyome, thereby setting him free on the wrong charges by the Attorney General’s office.
Speaking on Okay FM’s "Ade Akye Abia" Morning Show, Lawyer Baffour-Awuah narrated that the law on willfully causing financial loss to the state is applicable to people who have and still servicing in the public sector per the past precedence which saw many public servants in prison under Kufuor’s regime.
He therefore asked “is Mr. Agbesi Woyome a public servant”; adding, “if you prosecute on that charge, it will not work and every lawyer knows this”.
He maintained that the A-G’s second charge of defrauding by false pretense was also not applicable to the Businessman because there was a legal opinion from the Attorney General’s office suggesting Woyome should be paid against earlier letter written by a senior lawyer, Kwame Tetteh.
Stressing on the defrauding by false pretense charge against Woyome, the Private Legal Practitioner insisted that the A-G could not have won that case since it went into Consent Judgment with Woyome promising to pay the earlier demand which was close to Gh¢10 million.
To him, the existence of the Consent Judgment document nullifies the charge that he defrauded the state by false pretense; indicating that the charges leveled against Woyome sort to wash him clean and exonerate him rather than to punish him.
“…when Woyome went to court to demand for the money, A-G went into Consent Judgment with him to pay; His earlier claim was not even close to Gh¢10 million and he changed the amount to Gh¢51.2 million while the A-G did nothing against it. If Woyome still had the document of Consent Judgment with him, how do you turn around to charge him of defrauding by false pretense when you had not set that judgment aside?....it looks as if we deliberately sent him to court to wash him clean and exonerate him,” he asserted.
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