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Ghana’s Supreme Court rejects African Court ruling on Woyome

Ghana’s Supreme Court has rejected the order by the African Court of Human and People’s Rights Tanzania, asking it to halt proceedings leading to the retrieval of the Ghc51 million judgment debt wrongfully paid to businessman Alfred Woyome.

According to the decision by a five member panel of justices, Ghana’s Supreme Court had no real factual and legal basis to share its powers and jurisdiction with any other court that can compel it to halt its proceedings.

The justices further went on to dismiss Mr. Woyome’s application for stay of proceedings pending the final outcome of the case before the African Court describing it as one without merit.

The African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in Tanzania, on the 24th of November 2017, ordered Ghana to suspend all efforts to retrieve the GH?51.2 million, until the Court determines an appeal filed by the businessman, who argues that his human rights are being abused by Ghana’s Supreme Court.

In a unanimous ruling, the 11-member panel of the African Court, ordered Ghana to suspend the seizure of any property belonging to the businessman, “take all appropriate measures to maintain the status quo and avoid the property being sold’’ until the case was determined.

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