One of the implicated judges in the recent corruption exposé, Justice Ayisi Addo has sued investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the New Crusading Guide Newspaper and seven others for defamation.
The rest are Excellence in Broadcasting (EIB) group, operators of Starr FM Accra, Media Foundation For West Africa, the Director Of Estates and General Services Bureau Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministries, The Manager of the Accra International Conference Centre, the Global Media Alliance and the Attorney General.
Lawyer Ayissi argued in his writ that the petition to the Chief Justice by Anas “accompanied by the audio visual recordings was meant to portray the Plaintiff as a corrupt and criminally minded judge and public officer, and a common criminal.”
The Plaintiff further contends that “by the ordinary meaning, the said petition accompanied by the audio visual recordings was meant to portray the Plaintiff as a judge who perverts the cause of justice by demanding bribes from parties appearing before him to influence the judgments he delivers.”
He is seeking the following reliefs:
- General damages for defamation.
- Aggravated damages for the malicious recordings, publication, republication and circulation of the said audio visual recordings.
iii. Exemplary damages for the reckless publication, republication and circulation of the said audio visual recordings.
- Compensatory damages for the damage done to the Plaintiff’s reputation.
- A declaration that the 1st Defendant carefully and maliciously pieced together the audio visual recordings and the transcripts thereof in a manner to incriminate the Plaintiff on the allegations of bribery and corruption.
- A declaration that the audio visual recordings and the transcripts thereof were fraudulently and unlawfully obtained by the 1st Defendant.
vii. A declaration that the Plaintiff never demanded any money from the 1st Defendant to influence his decision in any case pending before him.
viii. A perpetual injunction restraining the Defendants from publishing any further defamatory material about the Plaintiff.
- Legal Costs
- Any other orders the Honourable Court may deem meet.