Publishers of Ghana
Palavar newspaper have agreed on terms of settlement with Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a legal practitioner and a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP ), after the newspaper published a defamatory story about him .
The words complained of were contained in a publication, which alleged that the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, had allegedly awarded a $20million contract to Mr Otchere-Darko to review contracts awarded at the Ministry of Finance.
The story also alleged that Mr Otchere-Darko had engaged a law firm based in the United States of America (USA) to assist his (Mr Otchere-Darko’s) law firm to undertake the task.
In his suit, Mr Otchere-Darko wanted the Accra High Court to perpetually restrain the defendants and their agents from further publishing or causing to be published the said or similar words defamatory of him.
He was also seeking damages for the publication which he described as reckless and false.
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Terms of settlement
However, the case did not travel to a full trial because
The terms of settlement
The terms of
The apology and retraction must be on the front-page of the Ghana
Secondly, the unqualified apology and retraction shall be carried on the website of the Ghana
Also, the defendants shall reimburse Mr Otchere-Darko of the filing fee for all the processes filed so far within 30 days of the entry of the settlement as
Furthermore, Mr Otchere-Darko fully reserves the right to proceed against the defendants should they default the three initial terms of