Libel case NDC activist files motion for dismissal of defamation suit

Mr. Cudjoe claims, Dela Coffie in three separate publications released on the 16th, 19th and 22nd January respectively published falsehood about him

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The legal team for an activist of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dela Coffie have filed a motion at the an Accra high court asking for the dismissal of a defamation suit against the client by Founding president of Imani Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe

According to the lawyers the facts of the case brought before the court by Mr. Cudjoe does not support his defamation suit, lacks merit and must be subsequently dismissed.

Franklin Cudjoe in March 2015  filed the law suit against Dela Coffie for what he describes as “defamatory” and malicious statements made against him.

In his suit Mr. Cudjoe claims, Dela Coffie in three separate publications released on the 16th, 19th and 22nd January respectively published falsehood about him.

In one of the publications, the newspaper said  Franklin Cudjoe was on a lying spree and had lied that he is a “doctoral fellow when there was  nothing like doctoral fellow.” 

The story which was under the headline, “Franklin Cudjoe goes on lying spree” further alleged that he “lied that he was an alumunus of Havard while he had never attended Harvard.”

The publication also revealed that Franklin Cudjoe had said he was a “John Templeton award winner in 2006 even though the award winner was Prof. John. D. Barrow.” 

Franklin Cudjoe is therefore demanding 11 million Cedis in damages for defamation. Dela Coffie, who is the first defendant is expected to pay 10 million while the second defendant, Michael Dokosi is expected to pay 1 million cedis.

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