Dr. Spio-Garbrah’s defamation suit against Wontumi thrown out

The $10 million defamation suit filed at the Kumasi High Court by former former Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah against the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi/has been thrown out.

The court has also awarded a cost of GH¢150,000 against Dr. Spio-Garbrah.

The former minister filed the suit against the NPP officer after he had allegedly described the plaintiff as a “thief” ahead of the 2020 general elections on his Wontumi TV and radio station in Kumasi.

Dr. Ekwow Spio-Gabrah also sued the media platform, Wontumi Multimedia Company Limited.

The two individuals had the opportunity to mount the witness box where they were cross-examined.

In his statement, Dr. Spio-Garbrah described the comments as defamatory adding that the defendant made the comments without caution in a malicious manner with the intent to cause damage and injury to his hard-earned global reputation.

The plaintiff quantified the value of his global reputation as being in excess of $10 million, hence requesting that amount as compensation.

During Chairman Wontumi’s cross-examination, he said he only interpreted a statement by former NDC Member of Parliament, Inusah Fuseini.

The court in its ruling said Chairman Wontumi’s words on Dr. Spio-Garbrah were not malicious.

It also stated that it has dismissed the case because the reliefs being sought by Plaintiff were not substantiated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Spio-Garbrah has instructed his legal team led by lawyer Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo to immediately file an appeal.

According to him, he was not satisfied with the ruling and wondered why the court ruled that comments made against him were not defamatory.

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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