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Opinions Wed, 8 Feb 2012

Woyome Handled With Tender Gloves!!

I am not in support of the attitude of many law enforcement agencies who often treat their suspects like enemies. When Asabee, Kwadwo Mpianim, Tarzan and many other former officials were arrested and denied even access to their counsels I was one of the persons who spoke vehemently against it. My stand on such issues has not changed, neither will it ever? Rule of law should be the bedrock if we are seeking for a truly democratic society where the law will be the boss of every citizen.

So when I say the man in the middle of the infamous Woyome saga; Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome is been treated with tender gloves I am not suggesting that he should have been subjected to any sort of human right abuse whatsoever. I have no problem with where he was kept at the Police Headquarters which from sources was different from the normal cells of the criminal suspects at the same establishment. Neither am I referring to how he unlike the other inmates had access to his phone and his people at any request. I have no problem with the sweet words spoken to him by those who are supposed to frown at the gargantuan crime.

There has been a development which makes it seem to me that Mr Woyome is being softly handed. This morning Mr Woyome's charges were laid to bare at the court. And surprisingly he was charged with only three counts of; Conspiracy to Commit A Crime, Defrauding by False Pretenses and Corrupting Public Officials.

Conspicuously missing from the charges is Forging Of Official Documents for allegedly tempering with some of the documents he presented to the state attorney and the courts for that matter, to deceive the state officials. He is also supposed to have been charged with Deceiving Public Officials for presenting those forged documents to the AG and the court to deceive them. And then, if Mr Woyome has not been able to give any good answer for the money he paid into the account of the wife of Mr Nequaye-Tetteh, he should also be charged with Bribery. Because the wife is not among the public officials he said to have corrupted.

All these charges can hold because reports we get is that, it is the EOCO report which sparked the arrests of Woyome and the rest who are still on the rope. And a study of the report shows that Mr Woyome tempered with some of the documents to deceive the state officials whose complicity gave way for him to succeed in defrauding the state.

The work government is intending to do(cover their shame) with these arrests will not be successfully until they do away with the hypocrisy and handle Woyome like the real nation wrecker he is.

Reagan Adomah Koduah. London, UK.

Columnist: Koduah, Reagan Adomah