Judgment debt: Woyome loses in African Court


Embattled Ghanaian businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome has lost his case against Ghana in the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Court, presided over by Honourable Lady Justice Tujlani Rose Chizumil, on Friday, 28 June 2019 ruled that: “The court finds that the applicant’s rights to nondiscrimination, his right to equality before the law and to equal protection of law as guaranteed under Articles 2 and 3 of the Charter were not violated by the respondent.

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.”

Mr Woyome dragged the Republic of Ghana to the African Court after a ruling by Ghana’s Supreme Court that he should refund some money to the state since he got it through fraudulent means.

The businessman stated that his human rights were being trampled by the Republic of Ghana in relation to a case in which he sued the country for abrogating a financial engineering service contract and was paid GHS51.2 million as judgment debt. The African Court’s ruling was live-streamed.

The Arusha-based court on 24 November 2017 gave an order that all steps by the Republic of Ghana to retrieve the GHS51 million from Mr Woyome be halted until a final determination of the case by Ghana’s Supreme Court.