By Tricia Ama Woode
The much awaited Supreme Court encounter between business man Alfred Agbesi Woyome and former Attorney General, Martin Amidu scheduled for today
where the latter will have the rare opportunity to orally quiz the self acclaimed NDC Financier appears to be in limbo as three processes have been filed at the Supreme Court to defer, delay or quash the encounter christened ‘Thriller In Manila’.
Lawyers of Mr. Woyome late yesterday filed two writs at the Supreme Court seeking a review of an earlier decision that sanctioned Mr Amidu to cross examine Woyome over a controversial ¢51 million judgment debt payment he received in 2010.
It is instructive to note that the Court would be moved on Thursday, 8th December, a day after the elections, to hear the motion.
Interestingly, the writ has pitched both the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Martin Amidu, in one as defendants in the case.
Mr Woyome filed “A MOTION ON NOTICE TO DISCHARGE OR REVERSE RULING DATED 16TH NOVEMBER 2016...” as well as a “MOTION ON NOTICE TO STAY PROCEEDINGS PENDING THE DETERMINATION OF MOTION ON NOTICE TO DISCHARGE OR REVERSE RULING DATED 16TH NOVEMBER, 2016”.
There was a third Court process which stood in the name of ine David Kwadzo Ametefe of an unnumbered house at North Gbawe in Accra in the Greater Accra Region. Mr. Ametefe issued a “WRIT TO INVOKE THE ORIGINAL JURISDICTION OF THE SUPREME COURT”, with the Attorney General and Mr Martin Amidu as defendants.
The latest turn of events however did not come as a surprise to many people The New Crusading GUIDE spoke to as they said they had been sceptical about the Court encounter right from the day Justice Anin Yeboah ruled in favour of Amidu to orally examine Mr Woyome.
Martin Amidu secured a ruling on November 16, 2016 which gave him the opportunity to question Woyome on issues relating to the controversial ¢51 million given to Woyome and how the state can retrieve the money paid to him
The judge, Justice Anin Yeboah gave Amidu the opportunity to orally cross-examine the business man after the Attorney General who had initially applied for same surprisingly made a u-turn.
It would be recalled that only last Monday, Mr Martin Amidu, accused President John Mahama of intimidating him ahead of his scheduled oral examination of Mr Woyome and also prevent the people of Ghana from hearing the truth about the looting of the public purse.
In an article, Mr Amidu stated that, “the conduct of the President convinces me as a senior and foundation member of the governing NDC, that he would do everything in his power to ensure that the examination orally on oath of the lootee for whom his Government looted the public purse, may not come on 24th November 2016.”
“Mark my words. The President can further subvert the cause of justice so that the people of Ghana do not hear the truth about the loot of the public purse he led until after the elections on 7th December 2016. We need patriotic public pressure and opinion to dissuade such intentions.”
“...the President is shown on television that night castigating the decision of the Supreme Court he has sworn to defend and uphold. At the same time and in his interview, the President takes an intimidating stand against the beneficiary of the decision and order of the Court by charging him with spreading falsehoods. The President then turns himself into a Supreme Judge by defending his Attorney General who had just lost the application at Court.” “Is this then not a President (with the Executive Authority including all policing powers) who is intimidating me simply for exercising my constitutional right to access to justice before the Supreme Court?” Mr. Amidu questioned.
Implications of the three Court processes were not clear as at the time of going to bed last night but indications were that the ‘Thriller In Manila’ may be a mirage, for now.