Kwesi Anin-Yeboah, the Chief Justice, has approved a request by Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency, to have judge Eric Baah retained in a defamation case involving renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The Assin Central lawmaker had earlier written to Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah, through his lawyers, to have Justice Eric Baah who had sat on the case as an additional High Court Judge, brought back after Justice Gifty Addo was substantively asked to hear the case.
On Tuesday, October 19, lead counsel for Mr Agyapong, the defendant, petitioned the Chief Justice to have Justice Baah retained with the pretext, inter alia, that Justice Gifty Addo “does not have the benefit of the demeanour of the witnesses so far”.
In a letter dated October 27, 2021, Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah granted the request by writing to Justice Baah to continue the case.
According to reports, on December 1, 2021 when lawyers of Anas appeared in court for business, the Court referred them to another court on grounds that the matter is no longer before the substantive judge and that the CJ has acceded to the request by Mr. Agyapong for the Eric Baah, J.A to continue to sit on the case.
The case which was filed in 2018 has been adjourned to December 16, 2021 for further cross-examination of Mr Agyapong.
The ace international investigative journalist has dragged Mr Kennedy Agyapong to court for defaming him.
Anas is asking the High Court to award aggravated damages to the tune of GH¢25 million arising from defamatory materials published by the MP.
The Assin Central lawmaker was sued for publishing materials in his bid to discredit the investigative journalist, who has released an explosive piece on the rot in Ghana football.
Displeased with the MP’s actions, Anas has, through his lawyer, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, sued Mr Agyapong for the award of general damages for defamation in the defendant’s publications.
A journalist, Mr Listowell Yesu Bukarson, has been granted the lawful attorney to stand in for Anas.