Opposition member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong says the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong must refund her share of the Ghc51.2 million judgment debt paid to businessman Alfred Woyome, which her law firm benefitted from, before pursuing the case further at the court of appeal.
Mr. Woyome, who was recently acquitted and discharged by an Accra High Court of two criminal counts as far as the payment of the money is concerned has challenged the Attorney General to resign for receiving the cedi equivalent of $1 million from the controversial Gh¢51.2m judgment debt payment.
According to Woyome, Mrs. Appiah-Oppong, whose firm – Lithur Brew and Co – benefitted from the controversial judgment debt case while representing Astro Invest and M-Power Pack in the same case before becoming AG, cannot appeal against the recent judgment which acquitted and discharged him of causing financial loss and defrauding the state by false pretences.
In a letter addressed to the secretary to the president and the chief of staff, Mr Woyome said Mrs Appiah-Oppong is “bias” adding that he cannot be guaranteed justice with her in office as AG.
Speaking on Asempa FM Monday, Mr. Agyapong said Woyome’s letter is a challenge to President Mahama to take advantage of the letter and sack the Attorney General.
“She says she would retrieve the money…but before she goes after Woyome she should return her part given to her by [Woyome] in the 51.2 million judgment debt,” Agyapong said.
He added: “The Attorney General cannot retrieve the money from Woyome…the letter is a challenge to President Mahama, if he wants to deal with corruption in his party, then he should fire Tony Lithur as his personal lawyer because he is also part of the chamber…he must sack Tony Lithur and fire the Attorney General.”
The Assin Central MP added that the Attorney General’s decision to appeal the high court ruling would amount to nothing.