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Judgment Debt Supreme Court chases Woyome to retrieve GH¢51.2m

The five justices presided over by Justice Jones Dotse who heard case said the Ghanaian Supreme Court had no real factual and legal basis to share its powers and jurisdiction with any other court.

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The Supreme Court has pushed aside an order by the African Court of Human and People’s Rights to halt proceedings in the case where government is seeking to retrieve the GHc51 million judgment debt wrongfully paid businessman Alfred Woyome.

The five justices presided over by Justice Jones Dotse who heard case said the Ghanaian Supreme Court had no real factual and legal basis to share its powers and jurisdiction with any other court.

They also maintained the Ghanaian court and laws was largely independent from the influence of other bodies.

READ ALSO: Suspend retrieval of GH¢51.2m from Woyome - African court orders

The Supreme Court justices further dismissed an application for stay of proceeding pending the final outcome of the case before the African court by Mr. Woyome.

Delivering their judgment on the issue, the justices described the said application as one which lacked substance and merit.

The African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in Tanzania, on the 24th of November ordered Ghana to suspend all efforts to retrieve the GH₵51.2 million judgement debt paid to businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, until the court determines an appeal filed by the businessman, who argues that his human rights are being abused by Ghana’s Supreme Court.

In a unanimous ruling on November 24, 2017, the 11-member panel ordered Ghana to suspend the seizure of any property belonging to the businessman, “take all appropriate measures to maintain the status quo and avoid the property being sold’’ until the case was determined.

READ MORE: Woyome files suit to stop valuation of his assets

The business man Alfred Agbesie proceeded to the African Human Rights Court , when government began a valuation of his properties in an attempt to retrieve Ghc51 million wrongfully paid to him in a judgement debt

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