Lawyers for Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, have been granted permission to seek an out-of-court settlement in a defamation case filed against him by Lawrence Asiamah Hanson, also known as Bulldog.
Bulldog, the artist’s manager, had filed a defamation suit against Shatta Wale.
Bulldog who is the plaintiff is seeking damages for the alleged defamation and same for malicious publication of falsehood against him by the defendant.
“The series of publication that the Defendant has made and continues to make about the Plaintiff are actuated by plain malice,” the writ filed by Bulldog’s Lawyer, Justice Srem-Sai said.
On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, the plaintiff’s lawyers, led by Dr. Justice Srem-Sai, told the court that the parties had begun settlement negotiations and would need a a month’s adjournment.
This, he claimed, was the reason they were unable to file written submissions in accordance with the court’s orders.
“We wish to pray for one more adjournment to attempt settlement and depending on the outcome we may apply formally for extension of time to file our witness statement,” Dr Justice Srem-Sai told the court.
After listening to the parties, Justice Joseph Adu Agyemang Owusu, presiding over the Accra High Court’s General Jurisdiction 13, encouraged them to settle the matter out of court.
Murtala Inusah, Shatta Wale, and Bulldog were spotted having a friendly conversation, according to EB Network’s Legal Affairs Correspondent.
The case has been adjourned to April 18, 2023, starrfm.com.gh reports
The plaintiff is seeking the following reliefs:
1. A declaration of the Court that the series of
publications made by the Defendant as
particularised in the Statement of Claim are
defamatory to the Plaintiff.
2. A declaration of the Court that the series of
publications made by the Defendant in the
Statement of Claim are malicious.
3. An order of the Court directed at the Defendant to on all his social media pages or accounts, make a publication on seven (7) consecutive days of an unqualified retraction of and unreserved apology for the defamatory words that the Defendant has published about the Plaintiff, such retraction and apology to be vetted and approved by the Plaintiff’s lawyers.
4. An order of the Court for perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant, his agents, workmen, assigns and servants from publishin or further publishing any defamatory words against the Plaintiff.
5. General damages for defamation.
6. Special damages for defamation.
7. Punitive damages for malicious publication of falsehood against the Plaintiff.
8. Cost and
9. Any other orders or remedies that the Court may deem fit.
Shatta Wale was said to have made a Facebook post on November 2, 2022, implicating his former manager, Bulldog, and others in the murder of Fennec Okyere.
Following this, the Ghana Police Service will launch an investigation into the defendant’s publications.
Fennec Okyere, the manager of controversial musician Kwaw Kese, was murdered by unknown assailants on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at his Manet Gardens residence on the Spintex Road in Accra. He died at the age of 31.
The Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) named Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson as a suspect in the death of Fennec Okyere.
This was due to Bullgod (then known as Bulldog), who had a history of feuding with Fennec Okyere, allegedly threatening him in an interview.
Bulldog was discharged by the courts in 2017 after the Attorney-General advised that there was no evidence against the accused.