General News of Saturday, 4 September 2021
Two opposition MPs, Mr Haruna Iddrisu and Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, have threatened to sue the Herald newspaper for alleging that they took bribes from the Ghana National Petroleum Commission in connection with the controversial Aker deal.
The paper reported in its September 3 edition that: ‘CSO Names Haruna Iddrisu and Ato Forson in GNPC Bribery Scandal’.
Both the Tamale South and Ajumako Enyan Essiam MPs have denied the allegation and demanded a retraction and apology of the defamatory publication of drag the paper to court.
A letter written to the newspaper by the lawyer for the two MPs, Mr James Mensah Kulley, said: “It is evident from the publication referred to that they were made recklessly and maliciously without regard to the truth, with vicious intent to destroy the hard earn reputations of my clients and to bring their name into disrepute, ridicule, and public hatred.”
“I am by this letter demanding that you publish a withdrawal of the publication referred to above and render an unqualified apology to my clients on or before the 6th of September 2021”, the letter said.
“This rejoinder should be published in the same position and given equal prominence as the publication complained of in your paper”, the MPs demanded.
“Should you fail to publish a withdrawal of the said publication and render an unqualified apology to my clients, on or before the 6th of September, 2021, I have their further instructions without recourse to you, to commence legal action against you and your publishers to redeem the image of my clients,” the letter warned.