Supreme Court Dismisses Anas’ Defamation Suit Against Ken Agyapong

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The Supreme Court has rejected investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ application for certiorari against Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong. The five-member panel, led by Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo, upheld the previous ruling by the High Court, thereby dismissing Anas’ defamation suit.

The legal battle, spanning six years, originated from allegations by Anas that the lawmaker had defamed him. Despite legal proceedings initiated in 2018, the High Court in Accra had previously dismissed the GHC25 million defamation lawsuit against Kennedy Agyapong. Furthermore, a cost of GHC50,000 was imposed on the journalist by the court.

In a majority decision delivered on Wednesday, February 28, the Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of the case. Notably, despite requests from Kennedy Agyapong’s legal team for costs to be awarded against Anas, the Supreme Court declined to do so.

This ruling marks a significant outcome in a protracted legal saga between the prominent figures, shedding light on the complexities of defamation cases and the legal framework surrounding them.

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