The Financial Court has ordered the Ministries of Youth and Sports, and Education to make available to Mr Alfred Woyome, a correspondence between Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Dr Kofi Amoah from their archives.

The court made the order when Mr Woyome was about tendering a letter as evidence but prosecution raised an objection to the authenticity of the document because the letter has no signature, its authorship and faintness of the writings.

Meanwhile, counsel for the accused said the document was authentic since it has the coat of arms on it but they later withdrew the document been tendered.

Mr Woyome, a businessman made the statement when he continued with his evidence at the on-going trial at the Financial Court.

Mr Woyome is standing trial for defrauding by false pretenses, and causing financial loss to the State.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is on a GH ?20-million bail with three sureties to be justified.

Mr Woyome told the court that the letter was a correspondence between Dr Amoah, the then head of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of CAN 2008 and Mr Osafo-Maafo, former Minister of Youth and Sports ?instructing? the Minister to admit the Shanghai Group into the bidding process, which had already ended.

He said the former Minister wrote back to Dr Amoah, indicating to him that it was impossible for him to do that.

Prior to that, he said on Monday, 4 July 2005, he tendered the bidding documents on behalf of his consortium together with the financial documents.

?Eight firms tendered and l was the fourth person to tender on behalf of my consortium,? he said.

He said after the tendering two committees were set up comprising the technical and the financial committees to review and evaluate the bids submitted.

He said he appeared before the financial committee led by Van Lare Dosoo to explain certain things in the bid and ?l was again invited after the committee has evaluated the financial document from Bank of Austria?.

Mr Woyome said, thereafter, the committee issued their report, which was sent to the Central tendering review board and a concurrent approval was issued for the contract to be awarded to VAMED and Waterville group.

The Court Presided over by Justice John Ajet-Nassam adjourned the case to May 29. GNA


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