Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood has turned down a request by a private citizen who petitioned her office to have an intended court duel between businessman Alfred Woyome and citizen vigilante Martin Amidu telecast live in the interest of the nation.
Mr Richard Asante Yeboah filed the petition after the Supreme Court gave Mr Amidu the go-ahead to examine Mr Woyome on the GHS51.2million judgement debt saga.
The court ruled two years ago that Mr Woyome got the money fraudulently and unconstitutionally and thus must refund it to the state. Mr Woyome is, however, yet to do so. He recently said he had refunded GHS4million so far.
Mr Amidu filed an application to examine Mr Woyome after the Attorney General gave notice that it would no longer examine the businessman orally.
Given the enormity of the case and the controversy surrounding it, Mr Asante thought a live telecast of the encounter would serve the nation well. However, Mrs Wood, in a letter written on her behalf by Judicial Secretary Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong, said what was being requested “is not the normal practice by the Judiciary”.
It is now not clear when the duel will come off as Mr Woyome has filed a petition to stay proceedings in that regard. The Court has fixed December 1 to rule on that application.
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