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General News of Friday, 30 November 2001

Source: GNA

NDC Action Forum given ultimatum to retract publication

Mr Emmanuel Nti-Fordjour, Ashanti Regional Vice-Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has given the President of the NDC Action Forum, Mr A. K. Mensah seven days to retract alleged defamatory statements, which were published in the November 26 issue of the Pioneer.

The President of the Forum had also been requested to publish an unqualified apology. This was contained in a letter to Mr Mensah by Mr Matthias Gollo of the Matthias Gollo Company, Solicitors of Mr Nti-Fordjour, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi

It said: "Take notice and same is hereby given that at the expiration of the seven days, we have firm instruction to take legal action against you to vindicate our client's name, if the required apology is not published".

The letter said: "It is on record that since 1996, you have been attacking our client personally for reasons best known to you." "In all these, you attributed various degrees of criminal offences to him, which you very well know to be false", it added.

Mr Mensah in the said publication among other things accused the NDC Regional Vice-Chairman and other unnamed leading members of the party of corruption, extortion and financial impropriety.