Outspoken Journalist, Bless Godsbrain Smart nicknamed ‘Captain Smart’ faces a court action for his alleged defamation comments against Member of Parliament for Bantama, Asenso Boakye.
Asenso-Boakye claimed that Capt. Smart alleged that he (Asenso), whilst he was deputy chief of staff at the Presidency, used his influence to reinstate one Adubufuor, a staff of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) from being transferred.
Describing the allegation as wicked lies targeted at tarnishing his image, he denied that there is no truth in the comment and therefore demand retraction and apology from the journalist.
Lawyers for Asenso-Boakye, Sarkodie Baffuor Awuah and Partners, have officially written to Captain Smart and urged him to use the same network he used to peddle the falsehood, to retract and apologise to their client to ensure peace.
The lawyers suggest that, although their clients have cleared the air about the said allegation but the loud mouth journalist keep repeating the said allegation hence their threat of court action.
“The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is an organisation established and governed by an Act of Parliament, the Ghana Revenue Authority Act 2009 (Act 791) and that, in his position as Deputy Chief of Staff, he has no influence or control over the GRA whatsoever.
“Our client has already engaged you and clarified the circumstances and extent of his involvement; details of which are contained in a press statement issued by our client on 29th August, 2022. A copy of the said statement is hereto attached,” the letter authored by Nana Agyiri Baffuor Awuah Esq, said.
The letter added that, “Our client finds your persistent conduct of peddling the untruth that he used his former office to reverse the outcome of disciplinary proceedings by the GRA, to be in bad faith and intended to defame him by portraying him in the minds of right-thinking members of society as a person who does not only abuse his office, but has no regard for the laws of Ghana.”
“In the circumstance, we have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand a retraction and unqualified apology to our client, for peddling the aforementioned blatant and malicious falsehood about him, within seven days of receipt of this note, through the same media you published the said falsehood,” the lawyers said.
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