Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has served notice of appealing a judgement against him in a defamatory case.
He had fife a defamation case against Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong.
He said his lawyers have carefully studied the judgment and concluded that the judge moved into the arena of criminal prosecution hence the need to appeal the case.
He further reminded Kennedy Agyapong that the defamation suit filed against him in the United State of America is ongoing.
Anas said this after rejecting the High Court ruling on the case he filed against Mr Agyapong.
“My team and I and the lawyers have carefully studied the judgment delivered by the court and we are unanimous that the judge made an overreach and descended into the arena and made criminal pronouncements about me as If I was standing a criminal trial.
“He also justified the MP accusing me of the murder of JB Danquah, murder of 20 Chinese nationals. We are filing an appeal because there was no evidence provided,” Anas said in a video recording responding to the judgment.
He added, “…last year we also filed another defamation case against the MP in the United States where he made similar defamatory statements against me. The case is ongoing”.
This comes after an Accra High Court on Wednesday, March 15 dismissed the GH¢25 million defamation suit against Kennedy Ohene Agyapong brought by Anas.
The judge, Justice Eric Baah, held that Anas failed to prove that Ken Agyapong defamed him by airing the documentary – “Who watches the watchman” – but rather, the documentary exposed shady deals that Anas and his associates were involved in.
This was after Anas, in 2018, sued the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker for allegedly defaming him.
Anas prayed to the court to award GH¢25 million against Mr Agyapong to compensate him for the defamatory material published against him by the MP.
The court concluded that what 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”.
“I find the claims by the plaintiff [Anas Aremeyaw Anas) meritless and they are hereby dismissed,” Justice Baah ruled.
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Ghanaians should stop producing their own monsters. Yesterday it was the ''citizen vigilante," and today it is Anas. You don't need to be a lawyer to appreciate the judgment of the court that heard the defamation case against Ken Adjapong. In fact, Ken did not deny making those allegations, and he produced video evidence to show why he made those allegations. It is up to Anas to prove otherwise if he was indeed in possession of the original video that is supposed to disprove ''who watchs the Watchman video''. In the light of the judgment, I believe that Anas's lawyers failed to show the court that the allegations made were not criminal in nature but defamatory.
Hahahaaaa, appeal against the ruling? I doubt whether Anas will ever win any case in a Ghanaian court. He has soon forgotten that the very judges he exposed for being corrupt leading to some of them visiting their graves early and others losing their benefits after their dismissal are colleagues of the judges currently working in the courts. They know it could have been them. Bet me the judges will use legal technicalities to throw Anas out. Anytime he goes to court with a case, it's like ' the boy bring himself '. Anas style of investigative journalism is crude, witch hunt, intentionally luring someone to fall into a ditch. If it's true that the giver and the taker of bribes are all guilty in the face of the law, then Anas is in trouble. You don't go enticing people with money and when they collect you turn round to tag them as corrupt. Anas is a Moslem, he should hold a press conference, hold the Quran in his hands and swear that he has never taking monies from people to drop some of his secret filming about them, and that he he ever did, Allah should expose him soon. We are waiting.
If you are a man of integrity, you should also sue Justice Eric Baah because he added that you are engaging in investigational terrorism. Your dignity has diminished as your empire has fallen apart. Indeed, everything has a time.