An Accra Human Rights High Court yesterday dismissed a motion filed by Mr. Frankin Jantuah for the court to dismiss a suit filed by the Disability Forum and six others against him.
Mr. Jantuah, through lawyers, of Kuenyehia, Nutsupui and Partners wanted the case to be dismissed on the grounds that the statements and comments made by the defendant were against the presidential aspirant of the Convention People’s Party, Mr. Ivor Greenstreet and none of the plaintiffs.
They argued that the writ of Summons and Statement of Claim disclosed no reasonable cause of action.
However, counsel for the Disability Forum and the plaintiffs, Francis-Xavier Sosu, argued that the statements made by the defendant that “a cripple cannot lead a political party”, “if the CPP has a leader who is cripple… I wonder how he is going to rule” among others, affected a vulnerable and minority group who were physically challenged.
Consequently, the court, presided by Justice Anthony Yeboah ruled that the case was an important one that would determine the boundaries of right to free speech against the right of a person with disability not to be discriminated against.
He dismissed the application by the defendant and ordered that one of the reliefs, which bothered on criminality, be amended within 14 days and served on the defendant, for him to respond.
It is recalled that on June 8, 2016 the Ghana Disability Forum in a joint action with Alex Tetteh, Francis Adjetey Sowah, Jonathan Agbesi, Kwame Afaglo, Johnson Mahana and Clement Hammond, dragged Mr. Franklin A. Jantuah the last surviving member of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s cabinet to court for making scandalous statements against Mr. Greenstreet,.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme