Entertainment of Friday, 29 January 2016
Samuel Anim Addo, Manager of Asamoah Gyan, captain of the Ghana national football team, has said that the footballer is not worried about threats by Sarah Kwablah to release a supposed sex video.
He said Gyan rather reported the case to the police because it was a threat to the international footballer.
According to Anim Addo who was making his third appearance in the dock for cross-examination by Dr Maurice Ampaw, it was false that Gyan was worried by the threats of Sarah.
But Dr Ampaw insisted that the footballer was worried and pleaded with Sarah not to release the said sex video.
In the view of the lawyer, Anim Addo was not a truthful witness to the court, insisting that the captain of the national team sent Sarah a WhatsApp message which read, “I doubt that your father is a police officer and I am sorry, I thought you wanted it (sic).”
Dr Ampaw alleged that the witness was given what he said was a “special duty” by Gyan to convince Sarah to abort the pregnancy, an allegation Anim Addo vehemently denied.
The trial judge, Ms Afia Agbanu Kumador, has adjourned sitting until February 8, 2016 when a supposed audio recording capturing the accused persons threatening to extort money from Gyan is expected to be played.
Sarah, 21, Osafo Anthony, 29, journalist, and Chris Handler, a blogger, have been variously charged for conspiring to extort money from Samuel Anim Addo, the manager of Asamoah Gyan, while popular reggae musician Lester Ekow Micah, 43, has been slapped with the charge of abetment.
The four persons are being tried for allegedly extorting GH¢25,000 from Addo by means of threat.
Addo had earlier told the court in his evidence that the accused persons had threatened Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars captain, with evidence of text messages to defame him (Gyan) and subsequently follow it with a publication of a sex video if some monies were not paid.
According to Addo, Sarah was the first to threaten and he reported the case to the Odorkor police.
Addo said Osafo, as a result, demanded GH¢30,000 and threatened to publish more stories if the money was not paid.
He said the police asked him to feign interest in the payment of the money, stressing that he met Osafo at an agreed venue and paid GH¢10,000 cash and a cheque of GH¢15,000. The journalist was arrested on receipt of the cash and cheque.