The managing editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Idrrisu Bature has warned government and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to halt the publication of the report on the investigations into the Woyome scandal.
Bature posited that the order by President John Evans Atta Mills to EOCO to publish the findings of their investigation of the circumstances leading to the payment of GH¢58 million (fifty eight million Ghana cedis) judgment debt to business mogul, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, could amount to contempt of court process.
However, the EOCO on Thursday presented their report to President Mills after weeks of investigation into the issue which indicted both present and past government officials.
EOCO in its report also stated that the NDC financier had no basis for making the claims for the GHS52 million judgment debt.
Receiving the report at the Castle, President Mills ordered EOCO to publish the report and make it available to the general public so Ghanaians can be the best judges.
But Alhaji Bature on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen said both the President and EOCO erred by involving themselves in the issue.
“What has happened this morning for me is very illegal. Publishing the report when the matter is still pending in court is a violation of the process in court which can be cited for contempt” he said.
“The Attorney General is the supervising minister of EOCO and he has filed a motion that Woyome obtained the money fraudulently, then the Attorney General’s inferior office, EOCO, comes to publish a document passing judgment ahead of his boss, [the] Attorney General’s motion in court? Bature quizzed.
The NDC apologists said President Mills has no right to have instructed EOCO to publish the report for public consumption adding that “it is better for the president and government to take steps to withdraw the publication of that report”.
He feared Mr. Woyome’s lawyers and lawyers of the other persons involved in the case are likely to cite these blunders on the part of government in court, which according to him might lead to the issue being thrown out of court.
“If we are not very careful, technicalities will let the people of Ghana lose this money and nobody would be punished or held responsible”.
Alhaji Bature urged government to withdraw the report in the public domain and allow the judiciary free minds and independence to deal with this issue to unravel the mystery behind the Woyome saga.