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General News of Friday, 6 July 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Kennedy Agyapong hauls Anas to General Legal Council

Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong has dragged Investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to the General Legal Council accusing him of misconduct as a lawyer.

In a complaint letter to the Council, Mr Agyepong said he has evidence the lawyer and journalist connived with a state attorney to have a case against some accused persons dismissed.

The vociferous MP has been on a campaign against Anas insisting that his style of allegedly entrapping people is contrary to the ethics of journalism and law.

On his part, the journalist has dragged the legislator to court for defaming him and demanding of the High Court to award ¢25 million in aggravated damages for publishing defamatory materials.

Below is his complaint

I refer to the above subject matter and respectfully write to lodge a formal complaint in my capacity as citizen of Ghana and a Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency against a Lawyer by name, ANAS AREMEYAW ANAS,” Mr Agyapong said in the letter he sent to the General Legal Council.

Respectfully, on the 27th day of June 2018, The Salis Newspaper in conjunction with NET 2 Television aired a documentary at the premises of NET 2 Television titled 'WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMAN', the letter said.

Respectfully, in the said documentary, Anas Aremeyaw Anas was seen and heard in a conversation with someone who, as it later turned out to be Chief State Attorney by name, Ellen Kwawukume discussing how both must collaborate and successfully work towards tainting evidence gathered by Anas Aremeyaw Anas with the view to obstruct the course of justice in a case against three suspects therein namely, Mohamed Hafiz Abdullah, Mubarak Seidu and Prince Kinston Kwame who were later charged as 1st, 2nd and 3rd accused, respectively,” it added

In the documentary, Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed to the Chief State Attorney that the suspects had bought him with $100,000.00, paid $75,000.00 to Mr. Frank Adu Poku, the then CID Director-General and also paid $5,000.00 into the account of the Chief State Attorney in order to taint the evidence and make the case ‘foolish’.

Respectfully, an inquiry at the Registry of the Criminal Division Court, Accra has confirmed that the case was indeed dismissed for of prosecution.

Thus, by the foregoing reasons, it is my humble opinion that such professional misconduct ought not to be countenanced at the Bar and therefore I respectfully urge your revered Committee to conduct thorough investigations into the misconduct exhibited by Anas Aremeyaw Anas in the documentary. Please find attached an electronic copy of the documentary."

I therefore humbly present this complaint about the kind consideration of the Committee. I am also indicating to the Committee my willingness to assist it with additional evidence in my custody for any other purpose for which the Committee may need my presence.

I hope that this complaint will receive your generous consideration in accordance with law.