[ 2012-06-12 ]
Betty ordered payment to Woyome - Witness
The first prosecution witness in the controversial
judgment debt saga involving National Democratic
Congress financier Alfred Woyome has pointed to
former Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrisu as
having issued orders for the payment of GHC51
million to be made to Mr Woyome.
Mangua Ghanney, a lawyer at the Finance Ministry
told the Commercial Division of the Fast Track
High Court, Tuesday, she received a letter from
Betty Mould directing the ministry to pay 22
million Euros to Woyome.
Joy News’ Sammy Darko who was present in court
reported Ghanney as saying Betty Mould’s directive
for payment came without a contract.
She, therefore, sent a memo to the Finance
Minister in respect of the directive from the A-G,
prior to submitting it to treasury for payment.
According to Ghanney, Treasury had difficulties in
paying because there were two people - Woyome and
Ostro Invest all seeking to be paid the amount.
She said she had to travel and, therefore, could
not say if the said amount was paid and to whom it
Ghanney said on her return, she received another
letter from Betty, this time with a default
judgement insisting that Woyome be paid 51 million
She together with Woyome went to the budget
officer asking for payment, with Woyome insisting
to be paid all the 51 million cedis at a go, a
request the budget officer said was impossible.
They, therefore, reached an agreement for the
amount to be paid in three installments, with
Woyome again insisting if they defaulted he would
ask for interest to be paid to him.
Ghanney was emphatic that all the 51 million cedis
was paid to Woyome.
Counsel for the defendant, Safo Buabeng was
initially reluctant in cross-examining the
witness, seeking rather to speak to his client,
Woyome, before proceeding but the Judge insisted
that the cross-examination must go on.
He, therefore, asked the witness if she was privy
to a civil court ruling directing that Woyome be
paid 17 million cedis in three installments.
Ghanney denied knowledge of such a ruling.
The case has been adjourned to June 14, 2012.
Source - MyjoyOnline
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