The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has insisted that the GH¢1.4 million businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome claims to have paid to her was debt owed her client, Ray Smith.
“If he intends to dent my credibility with regards to handling the appeal or the Supreme Court case, of course that won’t work. I never even handled any of these cases, the money was paid to Ray Smith and it was in respect of a debt that Alfred Woyome owed Ray Smith which he had refused to pay, it’s as simple as that,” she explained.
Mr Woyome who was charged for causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretense in the controversial GH¢ 51 million judgment debt was acquitted and discharged after three years of litigation.
Meanwhile, a letter written to the AG by Alfred Woyome accused the AG (Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong) of receiving GH¢1.4 million from the GH¢51 million and asked her to resign and allow another person pursue the case.
But Speaking to Citi News, Mrs Marietta Brew insisted that receiving such amount on behalf of her client is “not in conflict of interest. I went to court several times on this particular matter, so why didn’t he raise it when the prosecution was going on?”
“The only thing I can say is that, now there are three law lords in the court of appeal who are going to look at this case and the judgment and decide whether the judge was right or wrong. If he had anything to say, he should save his breath and say those things in the court of appeal. He has an opportunity to respond when we file our written submissions,” she said.
The AG has said her outfit will pursue the case at the Appeals Court. On suggestions that the state should not appeal the case, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong advised Ghanaians to desist from making such statements.
“They were not in court, they have not read the records, they were not there when the judgment was being read, [so] I’m not sure how they came by those conclusions…That’s unfortunate and I think that some people will know better than to draw such conclusions,” she added.