Martin Amidu has accused Mr Tony Lithur and Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong for benefiting from Woyome's judgment debt.
Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Martin Amidu has broken his silence on the acquittal and discharge of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the matter of the over Gh₵51million judgment debt saga.
In a rejoinder to an interview granted Graphiconline by Mr Tony Lithur in relation to matters that bordered on a relationship between Woyome, Tony Lithur and Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Mr Amidu said the two lawyers [Tony and Marietta] worked for Austro-Invest, a company that jointly benefited from Woyome's judgement debt.
Mr Tony Lithur, a legal practitioner, had denied rumours he has been defending businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome in court.
He told Graphiconline that the rumour, which had found its way onto radio stations and other media platforms including social media, was completely false. "In any case, Woyome himself has stated publicly that I have a personal vendetta against him,” counsel noted.
In his rejoinder, Mr Amidu said the facts as he know them are that there is no evidence to allege that Lithur, Brew and Co were ever lawyers for Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
However, he said it was a fact that Lithur, Brew and Co were lawyers for Austro-Invest Management Ltd, a foreign registered and wholly owned company which he said was a joint beneficiary with Woyome in the over GH₵51million "unconstitutionally paid by the NDC Government through its financier, Woyome.
"My contention has always been that because of the obligations assumed by Lithur, Brew and Co as lawyers for Austro-Invest to protect the interest of Austro-Invest, the Attorney General, Mrs. Marrieta Brew Appiah-Opong as a partner in Lithur, Brew and Co at the time the NDC Government unconstitutionally paid the over GH₵51million to the joint beneficiary interest of Austro-Invest and Woyome does not have the impartiality to handle on behalf of the Republic of Ghana any case involving Alfred Agbesi Woyome."
He argued that in making decisions to prosecute or amend charges she [Brew Appiah-Opong] will be more inclined in her official capacity to protect the interest of Austro-Invest.
"Indeed she will be inclined to be biased against even Alfred Agbesi Woyome, and protect Austro-Invest."
Mr Amidu recalled that after the Supreme Court unanimously decided on July 26, 2014 that the purported contract that earned Woyome the judgment debt was unconstitutional, the Entry of Judgment filed by the Attorney-General, Mrs. Brew Appiah-Opong at the Supreme Court was selective.
She omitted the declarations that affected Austro-Invest and the then Attorney General, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, whose conduct in facilitating the payment of the "Gargantuan over GH₵51million were also declared unconstitutional."
"Woyome and I opposed the selective entry of judgment in our respective affidavits to the entry of judgment. The Supreme Court agreed with me and struck out the offending entry of judgment for non-compliance with the decision of the Supreme Court."
Following from that, Mr Amidu said the perception that he got in his handling of the Constitutional cases against the Attorney General, Waterville, and Woyome/Austro-Invest was that, "the John Dramani Mahama NDC Government under its Attorney General, Mrs. Brew Appiah-Opong has at every step done everything in its power to impede the success of the cases."
"I had made it clear to the Mills/Mahama Government as its Attorney General that no prosecution in the scam involving the over GH₵51million will succeed by targeting Woyome alone without Waterville, Austro-Invest, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, the Chief State Attorney whose spouse EOCO reveal had received GH₵400,000 from Woyome while he was handling the case as an Attorney for the Government, and others.
Source: Graphic online