Supreme Court to continue Woyome's case in spite of ruling by African Court

| Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 3:07pm



A five member panel presided over by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Jones Doste, says it does not see any merits in the application filed by business man, Alfred Agbeshi Woyome to stay proceedings until the African Court for People and Human Rights finishes with its proceedings regarding the application before it.

Dismissing the application Justice Doste, said the Supreme Court does not share its powers with any other Court, be it international or local.

In a unanimous decision, the five member panel dismissed the application which was filed on the 10th of October this year.

Earlier, counsel for the applicant, Safo Boabeng, told the Court that the Government of Ghana is bound by the decision of the International Court of People and Human Rights and has to respect the orders of the International Court.

He explained that the order was not to the Supreme Court but to the Attorney-General who is executing judgement on behalf of Government.

The Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame told the court that the protocol to the establishment of the African Court has not been incorporated into the laws of Ghana even though a treaty was ratified by Parliament in Ghana on the 16th of July 2014 there has not been further incorporation by act of parliament.

He said the international obligation of Ghana require government to protect its diplomacy, adding that national interest will require the court in its sole jurisdiction be duly respected.

He stressed that the Supreme Court does not share its jurisdiction with any court therefore there is no basis to arrest this ruling.