Police interrogate Mould-Iddrisu

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Friday interrogated former Attorney-General, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, as the security agencies continue with investigations into the payment of GHC51.28 million judgment debt to businessman Alfred Woyome. Nana Ato Dadzie, counsel for Mrs Mould-Iddrisu, who resigned recently as Minister of Education, said the session with the Police was “cordial” and she would be available for further questioning. There are no more details immediately available. Mrs Mould-Iddrisu becomes the third person to be questioned by the CID this week in connection with the Woyome Affair after two ministers under the Kufuor Administration, Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Osei Bonsu Amoah, minister and deputy minister of education, science and sports respectively. Mr Amoah has been charged with causing financial loss to the state and he is on a GHC20 million bail. Earlier in the day, Mrs Mould-Iddrisu dismissed calls by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for her arrest in connection with the payment of the controversial judgment debt as “unfortunate”. In a statement issued by her solicitors, Dadzie & Associates, she said she felt distressed that such statements were attributed to the Minority leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, NPP General Secretary, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and other personalities who were holding responsible positions in governance and public. It pointed out that it was common knowledge that the “Woyome affair” was currently being investigated by the Police and other agencies, adding that the security bodies ought to be given the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation into the matter. “Our client finds it rather strange that such personalities amongst others would want to direct, instruct and stampede the Police in its investigations,” the statement said. It described allegations that she did not only order the payment but even supervised it as “not only false but palpably scandalous and defamatory intended to bring our client into public ridicule”. “Our client states that she neither authorised payments nor was she at post as Attorney-General when subsequent payments were made to Mr Woyome. “The only payment made by the State to Mr Woyome during her tenure as Attorney-General was made pursuant to a High Court Order dated September 7, 2010.” The statement said it was instructive to note that it was Mrs Mould-Iddrisu, who in July 2010 filed the current court action against Mr Woyome challenging his right to receive the payments after she came by some new information on the matter. “Our client wishes to reiterate that at all times, she acted properly, both administratively and professionally, as Attorney-General.”