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The Attorney-General has tendered as evidence a document which is said to prove that two houses at Trassaco Valley in Accra which have become a matter of litigation are for businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome and not the defunct UT Bank.

Mr. Woyome, the A-G and the receivers of the defunct UT bank, Eric Nana Nipah and another are before the Supreme Court, with the bank claiming ownership of the properties on the basis that Mr Woyome sold the properties to UT Bank.

The state, on the other hand, is seeking to prove that the properties are still for Mr Woyome and that the defunct UT Bank, through its receivers and Mr. Woyome, are colluding to prevent the sale of the two mansions to defray part of the GH₵47.2 million that Mr Woyome owes the state.

The Deputy A-G, Godfred Yeboah Dame, tendered a writ of summons filed by Anator Quarry Limited, a company in which Mr. Woyome is said to be the Executive Chairman, as evidence.

Mr. Dame submitted that Mr. Woyome was described as the owner of the two properties in the writ filed by Anator Quarry at the Accra High Court.

The Deputy-A-G tendered the document after a Chief State Attorney, Stella Badu, had made several references to it during cross-examination by counsel for Mr Woyome, Osafo Buabeng.

Mr. Buabeng, however, objected to the tendering of the writ as evidence, arguing that the right procedure was for the court to order the registrar of the High Court to tender the whole file on the case initiated by Anator Quarry.

He also told the court that he had been informed that Anator Quarry had filed to discontinue the case at the High Court.

Sole judge, Justice Anthony Benin, however, admitted the writ into evidence, stating that the A-G could assist the court with the writ so far as all the parties had seen and confirmed it as the original writ.

Counsel for Mr. Woyome, during the cross-examination, sought to make a case that the two properties in question are not for his client, but Mrs Badu disagreed and insisted that all searches made by the state proved that the properties are still registered in the name of Mr Woyome.

Story by Naomi Komeh

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