Lawyers for Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, are calling for respect for processes as the police investigate the controversial GH?51 million judgement debt awarded businessman Alfred Woyome by the state.
Counsel for Mrs Mould-Iddrisu, Nana Atto Dadzie, says while he understands the public interest in the case and numerous calls on the police to question his client over her perceived role in the controversy, patience is of the essence since the police are already up and doing.
He told Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah on Joy FM?s Super Morning Show that claims that Betty ordered and supervised the controversial payment are false, arguing that the police must be allowed to get to the bottom of the case so as to establish the truth. Already, he said, the police have questioned some persons in connection with the Woyome Saga, including Aburi-Nsawam MP O.B. Amoah and former Education & Sports as well as Finance Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo.
Mr. Atto Dadzie was explaining a statement issued on behalf of Mrs. Mould-Iddrisu which damns claims attributed to the Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and New Patriotic Party general secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie who have been reported to have said among other things that not only did Mrs. Mould-Iddrisu order but she also supervised the payment to Woyome.
?It is obvious that this statement is not only false but palpably scandalous and defamatory intended to bring our client into public ridicule,? the statement said, explaining ?Our client states she that she neither authorised payments nor was she a post as Attorney General when subsequent payments were made to Mr. Woyome. The only payment made by the State to Mr. Woyome during her tenure as Attorney General was made pursuant to a High Court Order dated 7th September 2010.?
Nana Atto Dadzie also denied as false, claims that Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu had travelled out of Ghana to avoid the police in their attempt to get to her for questioning, saying as late as Thursday evening, the former Attorney General was in the country.
She has already indicated her willingness to aid the police in their investigations and is awaiting their invitation, he said.
REJOINDER TO RECENT MEDIA PUBLICATIONS ABOUT MRS BETTY MOULD-IDDRISU FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION
We act as lawyers for Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, former Attorney General & Minister for Justice and former Minister of Education.
Our client’s attention has been drawn to some recent unfortunate statements attributed to the Honourable Minority leader in Parliament, the General Secretary of the NPP and other personalities calling for her immediate arrest in connection with the recent Woyome affair.
Our client feels distressed that such statements are coming from persons holding high responsible positions in governance and politics.
It is common knowledge that the Woyome affair is currently being investigated by the police and other agencies. It is the view of our client that the security agencies ought to be given the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation into the matter.
Our client finds it rather strange that such high personalities amongst others would want to direct, instruct and stampede the Police in its investigation.
For instance, the Minority Leader is reported to have made statements filed by peacefmonline.com (23-02-2012) captioned “Arrest Betty Mould-Iddrisu” stating among other things that:
“…Betty Mould-lddrisu who ordered payment. Not only did she order but she did even supervise payment to Woyome”.
It is obvious that this statement is not only false but palpably scandalous and defamatory intended to bring our client into public ridicule.
Our client states that she neither authorized payments nor was she at post as Attorney General when subsequent payments were made to Mr Woyome.
The only payment made by the State to Mr Woyome during her tenure as Attorney General was made pursuant to a High Court Order dated 7th September 2010.
It is instructive also to note that it is our client Mrs. Betty Mould-lddrisu who in July 2010 filed the current court action against Mr. Woyome challenging his right to receive the payments after our client came by some new information on the matter.
This matter being sub judice in the High Court, it is also currently being investigated by the Police. It is rather unfortunate that the efforts of these institutions of state would appear to be undermined by people who have sworn to uphold and defend constitutionally mandated institutions.
Our client wishes to reiterate that at all material times, she acted properly both administratively and professionally as Attorney General.
It is common knowledge that our client has indeed requested to voluntarily submit a statement to the Police. The Police authorities have responded that our client will be invited at the appropriate time.
Signed: Atto Dadzie (Nana)
Solicitors for Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu