Embattled businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has lost his case at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights against the state.
Woyome failed in the attempt to stop the state from retrieving the wrongful judgment debt paid him at the African Court of human and people’s right in Arusha.
The court dismissed the suit by Alfred Woyome which he sought to argue his rights were being violated by the attempts of the Attorney General to get him to pay back the money.
According to the in its judgment, Woyome’s right to non-discrimination, right to equality before the law, equal protection before the law and his right to be heard by an impartial tribunal had all not been violated.
“The court finds that the applicant’s right to non-discrimination, his right to equality before the law and to equal protection of law as guaranteed by article 2 & 3 of the charter were not violated by the respondents…. The court notes that since no violation has been established, the issue of reparation does not arise. Consequently, the applicant’s prayers for reparation is dismissed,” Tujllane R. Chizumila, the Judge noted.
“The court noted that rule 80 of its rules provides that unless otherwise decided by the court, each party shall bear its own cost. The court finds that there is nothing in the instant case to allow it decide otherwise. Accordingly, each party will bear its own cost,” the judge added in her ruling.
Woyome dragged the state before the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in Arusha, Tanzania in 2017, alleging that his human rights were being violated in the attempt to seize his properties.
The debt he owes the state arose out of a Supreme Court order to retrieve the GHS51.2 million it said was illegally paid him in 2009.
He had obtained a judgement debt because the government had agreed with the abrogation of a financial engineering services contract to build some stadia for Africa’s biggest football competition, CAN 2008.
On Thursday, Woyome lost a case at the Supreme Court which has given the government the green light to sell off some of his identified assets valued GHS20 million to defray the debt.