Justice Ayisi Addo, one of the High Court Judges named in the judicial bribery scandal, has filed a suit of defamation against Anas Aremeyaw Anas and eight others.
Joined to the suit is the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
Justice Addo, a High Court judge in Tamale, argues that Anas has soiled his reputation as a superior court judge by dragging his name into the mud for no just cause.
Anas, Chief Executive of Tiger Eye PI, petitioned President John Mahama for the removal of Justice Addo and 10 other high court judges after they were caught on video allegedly negotiating with litigants to tilt the scale of justice in their favour.
These allegations have been denied by some of the implicated judges and they are resorting to the law courts to proved their innocence.
The other defendants are Tiger Eye PI, a private investigations company owned by Anas, the Manager of the Accra International Conference Centre, Global Media Alliance, the Excellence In Broadcasting Media Company, owners of Star FM, Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA), a media watchdog and a Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Justice Addo says that the premiering of the video at the Accra International Conference Centre in September, was meant to cause public anger, opprobrium and indignation against his person.
He averred that having been a lawyer for 19 years and a member of the Bench for seven years, Anas had 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 collected bribes.
“Tiger PI, the company which did the investigations, is also an illegal and unregistered entity,” Justice Ayisi Addo noted.
The actions of Anas and the defendants, he said, has caused him to suffer “great distress, embarrassment and damage to his reputation as a lawyer and a Justice of the Superior Court”.
Justice Addo is therefore, seeking the court to grant him general damages for defamation, aggravated damages for the malicious recordings, publication, republication and circulation of the audio visual recordings by Anas and his media team.
He is also praying the court for declaration that Anas carefully and maliciously pieced together the audio visual recordings and the transcripts thereof, in a manner to incriminate him on the allegations of bribery and corruption.
Plaintiff also seeks a declaration that the audio visual recordings and the transcripts thereof, were fraudulently and unlawfully obtained by Anas and that he never demanded any money from Anas to influence his decision in any case pending before him.
He is further asking for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from publishing any further defamatory materials about him.
By Malik Sullemana