Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Woyome's case - Docket referred to police for further investigations

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (Page 3 Lead) The State has referred the docket on the alleged fraudulent payment of GH¢51.2 million to Alfred Agbesi Woyome to the police for further investigations. A Principal State Attorney, Mrs Yvonne Atakorah-Obuobisa, Monday informed the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court that the police had forwarded the docket on the matter to the Arttorney-General’s Office for advice but after perusing the document, it observed that further investigations needed to be carried out. She, therefore, prayed the court, presided over by Mr Justice Ajet-Nasam, to give the prosecution four weeks by which time investigations would have been completed. The court subsequently granted the request and said it was important for the police to be given enough time to unravel all issues surrounding the matter. It, however, declined to review the bail condition with respect to the number of times Woyome was expected to report to the police. Woyome, who was alleged to have used fraudulent means to receive GH¢51.2 million from the state, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy, defrauding by false pretences and corrupting a public officer. He is on a GH¢20 million bail with two sureties to be justified and has been ordered to report to the police twice a week. Faced with inconveniences of having to report twice a week to the police, Woyome prayed for a review of the court’s order through one of his lawyers, Mr Sarfo Buabeng. Mr Buabeng prayed the court to revise its earlier order and direct his client to report once instead of twice a week to the police. The court, however, declined to grant Woyome’s request and accordingly maintained the status quo. Woyome is standing trial with three others. They are Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, a Chief State Attorney who is facing two counts of conspiracy and corruption, the Director of Legal Services of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Paul Asimenu and Gifty, wife of Nerquaye-Tetteh, who are each facing one count of abetment of crime. The three have all pleaded not guilty to the charges. Nerquaye-Tetteh and Asimenu were granted bail in the sum of GHc6, 000 each with two sureties each to be justified. Mrs Nerquaye-Tetteh is on a GHc5, 000 bail. The three have also been ordered to report twice a week to the police. Hearing continues June 4, 2012.

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