Former Akwatia MP sues Chairman Wontumi and UTV

Former Akwatia MP sues Chairman Wontumi and UTV

- Baba Jamal has sued Chairman Wontumi and UTV for defamation

- He's asked the court to compel them to pay GHC2 million for defaming his person

- He's referred to Chairman Wontumi's comments as reckless and malicious

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Akwatia, Baba Jamal, has taken legal action against the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Ashanti Regional Chairman, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako.

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Former Akwatia MP sues Chairman Wontumi and UTV

Baba Jamal

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According to the former MP's statement of claim, Mr. Jamal has would like the court to find that declarations made by Ashanti Regional Chairman, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako - popularly known as Chairman Wontumi - on Friday, April 27th, 2017 as libelous.

Furthermore, Mr. Jamal also wants the court to compel Mr. Boasiako, along with managers of the UTV, to pay damages to the tune of GHC 2 million in damages for defamation during a live broadcast.

Former Akwatia MP sues Chairman Wontumi and UTV

Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman

He has also asked that the court compel the NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman and UTV to publish a retraction and an apology.

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On April 28th, 2017, Mr. Boasiako stated that he possessed evidence that could prove that the former Akwatia legislator was among the "big names" involved in illegal small scale mining commonly known as galamsey.

The former National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator referred to Mr. Boasiako's comments as "reckless and malicious" said that they had opened him up to public disdain and ridicule.

According to Mr. Baba Jamal, he also roped UTV into his suit because while Mr. Boasiako made his accusations, a picture of him was blatantly displayed by the TV station.

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