Ex-Athletics boss demands GH¢5m in damages

Lutterodt – Seeking damages

Lutterodt – Seeking damages

AN Accra Fast Track High Court has adjourned to a later date, the hearing of the case between former Chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Lutterodt, and former athlete, Andrew Owusu.

Lawyer of the former athlete, Kissi Adjabeng, has opened his defence in court yesterday and awaiting response from court for processes to continue.

Mr. Lutterodt is seeking for damages to the tune of five million Ghana cedis (GH¢5 million) as cost for defamation against the former athlete for attacking and leveling several allegations against him on an Accra-based radio station – Radio Gold.

Lawyer of the former GAA boss, Jeffery Quist, said after the statement of defence had been filed, it would take the court some time to decide on when the hearing would continue.

The lawyer was delighted that the hearing of the case had begun and due processes would be used to ensure that justice prevailed.

Mr. Owusu was reported to have made several allegations against his former boss and blamed him for certain shortcomings in the GAA during his tenure.

The allegations included, lack of performance-based selection criteria that engendered much friction between the athletes and the national federation.

There was also the allegation of visa racketeering and the GAA boss bullying athletes into submission and creating fear amongst them.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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