Reconsider Your Verdict: Spio Garbra Pleads
Lawyers of Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah have filed the latest appeal on the $10m defamation verdict he lost to Ashanti Regional Chairman Bernard Antwi Boasiako.
The former Trades Minister instructed his lawyers to file a notice of intent to the Court of Appeal, shortly after the case was dismissed by a Kumasi High Court on Thursday (July 28) and awarded a cost of GHC150,000 in favor of the respondent.
Grounds of Appeal
a. That the Judgment of the trial Court is against the weight of evidence.
b. That the Trial Judge erred in his judgment when he held that Plaintiff’s writ of summons was void due to the Appellant’s failure to endorse a substantive relief in his writ of summons.
c. That the Trial Judge erred when he held that the words complained of by the Appellant constituted fair comment and therefore not actionable in law.
d. That the Trial Judge erred when he held that the words complained of by the Appellant were not defamatory of the Appellant.
e. That the cost of GHS 150,000 awarded in favor of the Defendants is excessive and without basis or justification.
f. That additional grounds for appeal will be filed upon receipt of the record of appeal
The lawyer for Dr. Spio-Garbrah, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, speaking to the media noted that they are also appealing against the decision to award a cost against his client.
“We have the instructions of our client to file an appeal and we are immediately filing our process to appeal not only the decision and the cost that was awarded against our client. We feel it is excessive and out of place…That’s the beauty of democracy you take your case to court, you await a verdict you disagree with the verdict and you take your case upstairs and my client is determined to get justice from the courts of Ghana”, he told the radio station.