Kweku Baako wins defamatory case against Kennedy Agyapong, also fined GH¢130,000

Kweku Baako wins defamatory case against Kennedy Agyapong, also fined GH¢130,000

Kennedy Agyapong left, Kwaku Baako right

The Editor-in-Chief for the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has won a defamation suit he filed against the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, in October 2018.

According to the suit filed by Kweku Baako, he complained that Mr. Agyapong in July 2018 made some defamatory comments against him on some radio stations including his media platforms (Net2 TV and Oman FM).

Mr. Baako said the Assin Central MP accused him of being corrupt, hypocritic, dishonest among others.

Per the relief sought after, Mr Baako demanded GH¢25 million in general damages from the MP. Also, Kweku Baako wanted the court to order Kennedy Agyapong to retract such utterances and render an unqualified apology to him.

“An order of the Court directed at the Defendant to publish on three consecutive occasions, on the same platform that he published the defamatory words, an unqualified retraction and an apology, with the same prominence as given to the issuance of the defamatory words.”

The Court’s Ruling

After the Accra High Court hearing, today, Friday, June 26, 2020, has given Mr. Agyapong 30 days to retract and apologise to Kweku Baako three times on the platforms he used to defame the veteran journalist on.

Also, instead of the GH¢25 million demanded by Kweku Baako, the court awarded GHS100,000 damages instead and a cost of GH¢30,000.