Suspended judge Ayisi Addo sues Anas, eight others for defamation

One of the judges suspended in the Anas judicial bribery scandal has sued undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and eight others for defamation.

Justice Ayisi Addo, a High Court judge in Tamale says Anas by his publication of the allegations reduced the judge to a “corrupt” “criminally minded” and a “common criminal”.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas filmed Justic Gilbert Ayisi Addo allegedly taking a GHC 2,000 bribe, an allegation the judge has denied while the judicial council investigates the matter.

In the video, the judge is alleged to have taken the bribe

The other defendants, Tiger Eye PI, a private investigations company owned by Anas, veteran journalist Kweku Baako Jnr, the Manager of the Accra International Conference Center, Global Media Alliance, the Excellence In Broadcasting media company, owners of Star FM et al, media watchdog Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA) and a Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who helped broadcast the video.

The Attorney-General has also been sued in her capacity as the principal legal advisor to state-controlled organs.

The startling documentary titled “Ghana In the Eyes of God: Epic of Injustice” was screened at the Accra International Conference Center and later at Global Media Alliance on the 22nd and 24th September, 2015 respectively at 8pm.

It was also put on Anas’s YouTube Channel titled “Exclusive Video: How Judge Ayisi Addo Took Bribe” on 15th October, 2015 with the hyperlink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tK1cdxq3ro.

The judge says having been a lawyer for 19 years and a member of the Bench for 7 years, Anas has lowered his reputation in the eyes of well-meaning Ghanaians by broadcasting the video.

He said the video was also unlawfully and maliciously procured and manipulated to portray him as a judge who collects bribes. Tiger PI, the company that did the investigations is also an illegal and unregistered entity, Justice Ayisi Addo noted.

The actions of Anas and the defendants have caused him to suffer “great distress, embarrassment and damage to his reputation as a lawyer and a Justice of the Superior Court”.

“Defendants’ actions of publishing the audio visual recordings was meant to injure his reputation by exposing him to public hatred, ridicule and contempt”.

The embattled judge says the public screening is also prejudicial to ongoing investigations and has the potential of portraying him as guilty of the offence of bribery even before the preliminary investigations are concluded.

The judge is asking the court to grant him the following;

i General damages for defamation.
ii 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.

iv. Compensatory damages for the damage done to the Plaintiff’s reputation.

v. 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.

vi. 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.

ix. Legal Costs
x. Any other orders the Honourable Court may deem meet.

Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline|Edwin Appiah|[email protected]


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