The member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has spoken for the first time after court declared him winner in a defamation case filed against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.[ads2]
The Accra High Court on Wednesday, March 15 dismissed Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s Gh¢25 million defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong.
It will be recalled that the award-winning Ghanaian investigative journalist sued the Assin Central lawmaker in 2018 for allegedly defaming him after the politician aired his ‘who watches the watchman’ documentary video.
In his writ, Anas prayed to the court to award GHC25 million against Mr Agyapong to compensate him for the defamatory material published against him by the maverick MP who has declared his intention to contest for the NPP flagbearership position.[ads3]
In court today, the judge – Justice Eric Baah said Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to substantiate his claims that he has been defamed and that the documentary aired by Mr Agyapong rather exposed the shady deals that the award-winning investigative journalist and his associates were involved in.
The court came to a conclusion that what Anas Aremeyaw Anas is engaged in is not investigative journalism but rather investigative terrorism and that Agyapong was justified to call Anas “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil”.
In his ruling, Justice Eric Baah said, “I find the claims by the plaintiff [Anas Aremeyaw Anas) meritless and they are hereby dismissed.”[ads4]
Speaking to journalists after the court hearing, Mr Kennedy Agyapong said he dedicates his victory to the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi who was banned from football activities after he was captured in Anas’s “Number 12” video documentary – a documentary which uncovered the rot in Ghana football.
“We have to be bold to speak the truth, Anas goes ahead to [allegedly] defame people and gets away. It is only in this country that a journalist covers his face to go and give witness while Supreme Court judges are sitting there”, Mr Agyapong said.
“Anas has to come out and apologise. All I am saying is the victory is for Kwasi Nyantakyi.”[ads5]