A-G committed to retrieving Woyome's GHC51m – Amaliba

A private legal practitioner says the Attorney-General (A-G), Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong has not completely discontinued attempts to retrieve GHC51 million from Alfred Woyome.

Abraham Amaliba told Raymond Acquah, host of Joy FM’s Top Story programme Wednesday that the A-G is still pursuing the money wrongfully paid to the member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“What happened was that when the application was filed, Woyome wrote to the A-G that he was prepared to pay and the case was withdrawn,” he said, adding the two are scheduled to meet next Monday.
Pressure group, OccupyGhana has expressed its dissatisfaction with the A-G for filing a notice to discontinue an application that sought to orally examine Mr Woyome over the GH¢51,000,000 paid to him.
The group suspected the action of the A-G was necessitated by a threat issued by the businessman that he would reveal all the individuals who benefited from the judgment.
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OccupyGhana said the A-G had recently secured a Supreme Court order to have Mr Woyome disclose where his assets are and possibly how he distributed the GH¢51 million. 
Per the application filed at the apex court, the NDC businessman was to make disclosures such as;
(a) Whether there are any debts owed him,
(b) Whether he has any property for satisfying the judgment,
(c) Whether he has any other means of satisfying the judgment, and
(d) Whether he used the monies paid to him by the Republic of Ghana in any investments within or outside Ghana.
However, the A-G has filed notice withdrawing the application in a fashion the group believes was politically motivated.
"It is clear to us that this Government and its Attorney-General are either scared of Woyome or do not have the moral courage to pursue him for OUR MONEY," OccupyGhana said.
Speaking to the statement on Joy News, a member of the group, Johnnie Blukoo-Allotey said they are convinced the NDC government was behind the decision to withdraw the application.
“We initially issued a statement encouraging the A-G for taking the right step for filing the application which has been verified by the Supreme Court but has been withdrawn,” he said.
He said because Woyome is part of the “fabric of this [NDC] government” measures are being put in place to stop him from exposing beneficiaries of the money.
But Mr Amaliba said the notice the A-G filed to discontinue the application was done with the liberty to reapply in the event things do not go as planned.
He said the A-G and Mr Woyome would be meeting next week to consider how the money would be refunded, adding the application could still be triggered after the meeting.
The A-G has taken some steps to retrieve the money namely the garnishee order placed on the account of the businessman and his three properties that government has decided to auction, he said.
"The main reason for withdrawing is not pressure from government. I am speaking from an informed position," he said.