The Supreme Court has granted an application by businessman Alfred Woyome in which he prayed the apex court to stay proceedings as far as the same court’s earlier ruling that gave former Attorney General Martin Amidu the go-ahead to orally examine Mr Woyome in court in connection with the state’s attempt to retrieve a GHS51.2million judgment debt from him is concerned.
At the hearing on Thursday, 1 December, Justice Anin Yeboah said he was obliged to stay the oral examination of Mr Woyome by Mr Amidu until his (Anin Yeboah’s) earlier ruling on the matter had been tested by a panel of three justices who are to be empaneled by Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood on 6 December.
The Supreme Court ruled two years ago that the GHS51.2million judgment debt paid to Mr Woyome be refunded to the state because it was ill-gotten.
The court gave Mr Amidu the go-ahead to examine Mr Woyome after he filed an application to that effect.
Mr Amidu’s application followed a decision by Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong to discontinue oral examination of Mr Woyome, a decision which Mr Amidu took exception to.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood has turned down a request by a private citizen who petitioned her office to have the court duel telecast live in the interest of the nation.
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”.