Accra High Court Dismisses Barker-Vormawor's Application to Quash Kan-Dapaah's GH¢10 Million Defamation Suit

Accra court dismisses Barker-Vormawor's bid to quash Kan-Dapaah's GH¢10M defamation suit, slaps him with GH¢10K cost, highlighting legal consequences of unsubstantiated claims against public officials.

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Accra High Court Dismisses Barker-Vormawor's Application to Quash Kan-Dapaah's GH¢10 Million Defamation Suit

Accra High Court Dismisses Barker-Vormawor's Application to Quash Kan-Dapaah's GH¢10 Million Defamation Suit

The Accra High Court has dismissed an application filed by Oliver Barker-Vormawor, the convener of the FixTheCountry Movement, to quash a GH¢10 million defamation suit filed against him by the Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah. This marks the second time the court has dismissed a move by Barker-Vormawor to strike out the case.

In addition to dismissing the application, the court, presided over by Justice Rev Joseph Owusu-Adu Agyemang, awarded a cost of GH¢10,000 against Barker-Vormawor in favor of the minister. Kan-Dapaah had sued Barker-Vormawor after the latter alleged that he was offered $1 million to silence him and other leaders of the FixTheCountry Movement.

During the proceedings, Barker-Vormawor's lawyer argued that the minister had exaggerated and colored his application by using words like 'bribe' or 'bribery', and that a private individual cannot bribe a public officer like Kan-Dapaah. However, the court dismissed the application, ruling that it lacked merit.

Lawyers for Kan-Dapaah had opposed Barker-Vormawor's request and urged the court to dismiss it with a punitive cost. They had initially asked for a cost of GH¢20,000 to be awarded against the FixTheCountry Movement convener.

Why this matters: The dismissal of Barker-Vormawor's application and the awarding of costs against him highlight the legal consequences of making defamatory allegations against public officials. The case underscores the importance of responsible public discourse and the need for individuals to substantiate their claims when making serious accusations.

Following the court's decision, Barker-Vormawor's legal team has not yet indicated whether they intend to appeal the ruling. The defamation suit filed by Kan-Dapaah against Barker-Vormawor will now proceed, with the minister seeking GH¢10 million in damages for the alleged defamatory statements made by the FixTheCountry Movement convener.

Key Takeaways

  • Court dismissed Barker-Vormawor's application to quash Kan-Dapaah's GH¢10M defamation suit.
  • Court awarded GH¢10,000 cost against Barker-Vormawor in favor of Kan-Dapaah.
  • Barker-Vormawor alleged Kan-Dapaah offered $1M to silence FixTheCountry Movement leaders.
  • Court ruled Barker-Vormawor's application lacked merit, highlighting importance of substantiating claims.
  • Kan-Dapaah's defamation suit against Barker-Vormawor will now proceed for GH¢10M in damages.