Supreme Court dismisses Anas’ defamation lawsuit against Kennedy Agyapong

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The Supreme Court has denied the application for certiorari that investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas filed against Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central.

The previous High Court decision was maintained by the five-member panel, which was presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo.

Six years ago, an Accra High Court dismissed Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s GHC25 million defamation lawsuit against Kennedy Agyapong and fined the journalist GHC50,000.

On Wednesday, February 28, the Supreme Court dismissed the case by a majority vote.

Legal action was taken in 2018 after Anas claimed the legislator had defamed him.

Anas begged the court to punish Agyapong with damages and to force him to clear his record. However, Anas Aremeyaw Anas was unable to provide evidence that Ken Agyapong had defamed him by airing the documentary, according to the High Court, which was presided over by Justice Eric Baah.

The documentary in question, according to the court, rather revealed dubious transactions that Anas and his associates were engaged in.

The court stated in a lengthy ruling that Agyapong had presented enough evidence to demonstrate that the Anas had solicited funds from individuals connected to the evidence he had collected through his investigations.

It further stated that the evidence demonstrated that individuals who could afford the amounts of money demanded by Anas and his associates were excluded from the publically viewed videos.

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