State puts Woyome case on hold till Oct. 23
State prosecutors have filed a stay of proceedings in the Civil Case involving businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case brought forward by former Attorney-General Martin Amidu.
The case has been adjourned to October 23.
Mr Woyome is facing fraud charges in the controversial GhC51 million judgement debt payment.
State prosecutors argued in court on Tuesday, until the Supreme Court rules on the Amidu case, there is nothing much they can do.
Mr. Amidu has filed a writ at the Supreme Court against the Attorney-General, Waterville Holdings (BVI) Limited, Austro-Invest Management Limited and Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
The former Minister for Justice according to the writ, is asking for a number of declarations of nullity and consequential reliefs for various actions and conduct on their part in the making and payment of claims against the Government.
Amidu said his main contention is that the alleged Agreements between the Republic of Ghana and Waterville and its associates were loan and international business or economic transactions which never became operative for lack of Parliamentary approval under Article 181 of the Constitution.
He also raised the issue of whether or not the Republic of Ghana can pay claims for a loan transaction which never went to Parliament and were never received by the Government of Ghana. He also questions the jurisdiction of the High Court to have entertained Mr. Woyome’s Suit against the Republic of Ghana on grounds of his lack of locus standi and a cause of action to commence the action in the first place for absence of a contract with the Government of Ghana.