NPP Member of Parliament for Okaikwe Central constituency, Patrick Yaw Boamah, has opined businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome was acquitted and discharged because the state prosecutor was incompetent.
“There are a lot of loopholes in the case of the prosecution that I believe they should have filled,” he said.
Woyome was declared free by an Accra High Court Thursday after the presiding Judge John Ajet-Nassam cleared him of all the two counts of allegedly causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretence to the tune of GH¢51.2 million through a judgement debt.
Boamah said he would not condemn the judgment passed by Ajet-Nassam, who ruled that the state failed to convince him Woyome acquired the money fraudulently and failed to call key witnesses.
“They didn’t do a good job… In criminal jurisprudence, the judge always looks at the person’s liberty and that is why you must always prove your case beyond reasonable doubt. It’s not a civil trial where the judge can look at the balance of probabilities. So if you are unable to satisfy an ingredient the person would be set free,” he remarked in an interview with Citi FM’s Richard Sky.
“The prosecution ought to have done a good job by proving all the ingredients in the offences that Mr. Woyome had been charged with. That notwithstanding, the court looked at the evidence before it gave a ruling”.
He, however, suggests the state appeals the case.
“If the state feels strongly against the decision of the judge they can appeal against that decision. For me I think we are developing our criminal jurisprudence; the judges can err in his decision or give a ruling which is not in accordance of the law but the state or the attorney general represents all of us – you and I – and I think they must take a critical look at the judgment, appeal the decision and get a good outcome on the appeal”.