Anas Vs Kennedy Agyapong Ruling: Judge Sings Obia Wo Ne Master

Justice Daniel Mensah, an Accra High court Judge caused uncontrollable laughter in court last week before giving his ruling in an application brought before it.1 min


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Justice Daniel Mensah, an Accra High court Judge caused uncontrollable laughter in court last week before giving his ruling in an application brought before it by Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong praying to drop a GH¢25 million defamation suit against him by Ace investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

With the court thronged and tensed, in expectation of the ruling, Justice Daniel Mensah immediately after the case was called, acknowledged the presence of Kennedy Agyapong and Mr. Listowell Yesu Bukarson who is the legal representative of Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

He then courted the attention of the lawyers of Hon. Agyapong and remarked, “Have you heard the latest song in town”? Hon. Agyapong’s lawyer asked,” My Lord which song”? Justice Mensah said, “Obiaa wo ne master”. The court instantly erupted into giggling.

Hon. Agyapong’s lawyer shocked, responded, “My Lord, it’s an old song” which momentarily left supporters of both the plaintiff and respondent laughing their lungs out.

Justice Mensah then proceeded to give his ruling and in his ruling declined the application by the Assin Central MP, Agyapong.

The court also held that the writ filed by Anas Aremeyaw Anas does not in any way violate the constitutional rights of Mr. Agyapong as no relevant legal points have been raised to substantiate that claim.

The Assin Central MP claimed that the wearing of a mask and the concealment of his identity breached his constitutional rights under article 33 of the Constitution.

Hon. Kennedy Agyapong had filed the application seeking to dismiss Anas’ lawsuit on the basis that the writ was incompetent; that it did not disclose Anas’ address, that even the address provided by Anas was not his address and he did not live there and finally that the writ breached his constitutional right as a person.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas filed the suit against the MP after the latter in an attempt to stop Anas from airing the documentary “Number 12,” which detailed corruption in Ghana football, made allegations of tax evasion, invasion of privacy, blackmail.


 


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