I Prefer Lazy Courts To Mob Justice –UT Boss

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By Cecil Mensah

The President of UT Holdings and Bank, Mr Prince Amoabeng, has underscored the need for Ghanaians to resort to the use of the Judiciary for the settlement of disputes, including business misunderstandings.

According to him, a lazy court is better than mob justice and urged all businessmen to have faith in the courts, even though the process is slow and worrying.

He said, sometimes the court environment was worth it and that business people, must have faith that it is the only place one can correct a failed business deal.

He explained that when one Naa Otua Sawyne, a female chief from the Eastern region, filed a case against him, alleging fraudulent acquisition of her property through the release of the title deed on her property located in the plush Ringway estates opposite the Ghana Fire Service headquarters in Accra to a third party.

Many, were those including his business partners, who thought that this is the end of me and my business with some calling on the general public to lynch me on social media for duping the innocent mother.

He noted that, had these public perceptions about him and his business taken seed, he would have been dead by now.

But two years down the line, the Human Rights Division of the Superior Court of judicature, in the High Court of Justice on October 20, 2014, pronounced judgement
exonerating “me of any wrong doing”.

Mr Amoabeng made this comment at a press conference to announce the ruling of the court to the press in Accra.

He said, the judgment was in respect of the petition filed at the Human Rights Court to protest the unending action brought against him at the Accra Circuit by one
Naa Otua Swayne on an alleged fraud offence in the sale of a property.

I file a case at the Human Rights Court because I was convinced at the alleged criminal prosecution of the charges before the Accra Circuit Court infringes on my fundamental human rights.

He said, he sought a declaration that the trial before the Circuit Court was an infringement on his fundamental human rights, an order of Certiorari to quash all proceedings at the Circuit Court filed by Naa Otua Sawyne and all orders against Mr Amoabeng.

The Human Rights division of the High Court presided over by Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, also prohibited the Circuit Court from hearing the said criminal case, he said.

According to the ruling, the affidavits filled, by the applicant (Amoabeng) was a violation of his right to fair trial, personal liberties, and his dignity.

The court said, from the evidence before it, it finds that the complaint lodged by Naa Otua against the UT boss and former brand icon of Johnny Walker and his alleged abettor, Mr Joseph Aidoo of the State Housing Company(SHC) are baseless and unjustified in law and described the charge brought before the court as bad faith.
‘ A criminal charge which is not supported by evidence is unfair, unjust, wrongful and made in bad faith to harass and embarrass the accused person (Amoabeng).

Earlier, the complainant filed a case against the UT boss alleging a fraudulent acquisition of her property through the release of her title deed on the said property to the late Alexander Adjei to secure a loan from HFC Bank.

According to the case Naa Otua Sawyne in October 2005, decided to sell her house at number 23 Ringway estates in Accra and entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Mr Adjei, where payment price was to be made in installments.

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