General News of Thursday, 14 June 2018
Deputy Chief of Staff Francis Asenso-Boakye has filed a GHS20 million defamation suit against musician-politician Kwame A Plus for alleging his corrupt and criminally-minded among a raft of allegations.
The plaintiff avers that in pursuance of defendant’s avowed aim to inflict maximum reputational harm without cause, he has authored and publicised a series of outright falsehoods on social media including on his Facebook page.
Mr Asenso-Boakye, represented by Mr Samson Lardy Anyenini is praying the court for the following:
A declaration that the statements/publications complained about as having been authored and publicized by Defendant on or about the 27th day of August 2017 and on or about the 22nd and 23rd days of May 2018 as particularized in Statement of Claim and indorsed on the Writ ofSummons by way of an attachment are defamatory of Plaintiff and same have gravely injured Plaintiff’s reputation.
An Order for an unconditional retraction and an unqualified apology for the said defamatory statements/publications, doing so in the Daily Graphic newspaper, and for same to be given equal prominence as the complained statements/publications within 14 days from the day of judgment.
An Order that the contents of relief (ii) above be subject to the prior approval of Plaintiff, and for Defendant to also post same on all his social media pages and give same equal prominence as the complained statements/publications within 14 days from the day of judgment.
An Order of perpetual injunction restraining Defendant from any further statements/publications as complained about herein.
Aggravated and exemplary damages of 8,000.000.00 (Eight Million Ghana Cedis).
Compensatory damages of GHC 12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million Ghana Cedis) for injury to character and reputation.
Costs including legal fees.
Further or other reliefs as the Court may deem fit.
A few weeks ago, Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful also sued A Plus for defamation after the musician claimed the Ablekuma West MP was involved in “some shady deals at the Communications Ministry and National Communication Authority (NCA).”