Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central who is facing a GHc25 million defamation complaint from Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has informed the High Court in Accra that Anas stole a documentary and sold it to the BBC.
Under further cross-examination by Anas’ counsel, the MP stated that he has proof even though he has not made those records available to the court.
On Thursday, Anas’ lead counsel, Odei Kow, questioned Ken Agyepong in court about his charges aired on Adom TV on July 10, 2018.
While disputing that he accused Anas of stealing his way into law school, Ken Agyepong stated that the plaintiff stole the documentary and sold it to BBC for financial gain.
When it was reported that he accused the plaintiff of stealing his way through law school on Adom FM on June 26, 2018, he responded in the denial, saying, “No, that was not the meaning that he stole his way.”
He told the court that he will not deny that on the same Adom TV program on July 10, 2018, he accused the plaintiff of stealing someone’s documentary and selling it to the BBC.
Under cross-examination, Ken Agyepong also told the court that on July 10, 2018, he reiterated the allegation that the plaintiff had stolen someone’s documentary on his own Net 2 TV.
He also informed the court that a lady at Metro TV chose the documentary and delivered it to Anas, despite the fact that the lady had no idea Anas was planning to sell it to the BBC.
Anas, according to Ken Agyepong, sold the stolen documentary to the BBC.
When asked if he had presented such proof to the court to back up his assertions, he said no.
“My Lord, I have not presented (any documentation to that effect before the court), but I am aware that every documentary he presents to a media station is paid for, therefore Anas benefitted.”
When it was indicated that he had no evidence before the court that the plaintiff sold someone’s documentary as his own to the BBC, Ken Agyepong replied, “No,” adding, “Neither have I produced evidence nor has the plaintiff denied that he has handed the documentary to the BBC.”
The Respondent, on the other hand, could not tell the court when the documentary, which he said aired on Metro TV, was telecast, saying only, “My lord, as I sit here, I don’t recall but I have records.”
He also couldn’t tell the court what the title of the program was that he said was screened on Metro TV and then picked up by Anas and sold to the BBC.
When queried by Anas’ lawyer, Ken Agyepong said, “It’s been over two or three years unless I refer to records.”
He also couldn’t tell the court how long the documentary had lasted, stating, “My lord, I don’t remember the precise minutes.”
When it was pointed out to him that during the said program on Adom TV on July 10, 2018, the host disassociated himself and the media house in question from the allegation, he answered affirmatively that the charges against Anas were accurate.
He stated that he has proof of the claims leveled against him.
Ken Agyepong says he “disagreed” when it was ultimately brought up to him that he had not offered any justification before the court that the plaintiff stole someone’s documentary and sold it to the BBC.
The case has been rescheduled for further cross-examination on January 14, 2022.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a renowned international investigative journalist, sued Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, for defamation in 2018.
Anas was requesting that the High Court award GH25 million in aggravated damages for defamatory materials disseminated by the MP.
He claimed that the MP had been publishing materials in an attempt to undermine the investigative journalist, who had recently published an explosive piece on Ghana football’s rot.
Anas has sued Mr Agyapong for defamation in the defendant’s publications through his lawyer, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, who is dissatisfied with the MP’s activities.
Mr Listowell Yesu Bukarson, a journalist, has been appointed as Anas’ legal representative.
The publication in question was a live Twi broadcast on Adom TV on May 29, 2018, in which Mr Agyapong unequivocally declared that Anas was a blackmailer, corrupt, extortionist, and nasty.
According to the statement of claim, on May 31, 2018, the defendant published defamatory comments on Oman FM, a private radio station controlled by the defendant, in a similar manner.
The statement of claim also claimed that the defendant used additional platforms to spread defamatory materials about the plaintiff, including distributing images purporting to be those of the investigative journalist in an attempt to blow the latter’s cover.