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10.03.2007 General News


By Daily Guide
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The lawyer of Kofi Wayo, on Monday turned up at an Accra Fast Track High Court, limping on one leg with a plaster on his forehead, asking for adjournment of his client's case against Daily Guide.

Lawyer Jah Josiah told Justice Iris May-Brown that he had been involved in an accident the previous day and that he was in court to seek for adjournment of the case.

Jah said he was involved in accident previous day, Sunday, and therefore asked his doctor to write to the Registrar of the court for notification of his predicament, without his written submission as directed by the court.

The Judge, considering his situation, therefore adjourned the case to March 13, 2007 to enable him to recuperate.

Speaking to Daily Guide, counsel for the paper, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame said Wayo's counsel was to file his written submission to his (Yeboah) preliminary objection to the court on Friday March 2, 2007 for the Judge to give her ruling.
Unfortunately, he said counsel failed to file his submission and only turned up in court to cite his involvement in the accident as an excuse.

Just after the adjournment of the case which was heard at the chambers of the judge, Kofi Wayo moved to Dame and the Editor, Fortune Alimi, extending his hand: “No hard feeling! No hard feeling! As human beings we have our differences.”

Kofi Wayo, had instituted legal action against the Managing Editor of Daily Guide, Mrs. Gina Ama Blay, News Editor, A.R Gomda, Western Publications Limited, publishers of the paper and Alhassan Saeed, interim General Secretary of the troubled United Renaissance Party (URP) at an Accra Fast Track High Court in November 2006, claiming ¢1bn damages for defamation.

According to him, Daily Guide had published in its October 16, 2006 issue, a highly provocative and defamatory matter on and about him, under the headline “KOFI WAYO FACES EXPULSION OVER FRAUD, BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS”.

The plaintiff said the publication, quoting the acting Secretary of the URP, Alhassan Saeed said the executives of the party had instituted a body to probe the alleged bribery and corruption charges leveled against him.

Kofi Wayo therefore filed a writ of summons against the defendants, asking for perpetual injunction, restraining them, their privies, assign from further publication of any defamatory matter against him and asking for cost.

The defendants file a preliminary objection and Kofi Wayo's case was thrown out with a cost of ¢2.5 million being awarded against him.

He subsequently sacked his lawyer for poor performance and went in for Jah Josiah.