An Accra High Court, General Jurisdiction 5, this morning threw out an application by lawyers for the embattled FDA lawyer against Manasseh Azure Awuni.
Lawyers for Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow wanted the court to dismiss all processes filed on behalf of Mr Awuni claiming he used “care of” in providing his residential address and that meant he did not comply with the law requiring a Defendant in a suit to provide his residential address.
Lawyers for the 1st Defendant led by Samson Lardy Anyenini argued against the motion stressing that this was about the 3rd frivolous attempt by the Plaintiff to abuse the court process and delay the case.
He insisted that once the Plaintiff failed to serve any process on his client and was not told anything to the contrary, the move was only a ruse to further delay the case and the broadcast of “returned bribe” investigative documentary.
In dismissing the application, the court found the development to be strange since the Plaintiff has so far not encountered any problems serving all processes or documents on Mr. Awuni.
It stressed that the Plaintiff didn’t provide any evidence to prove that any court bailiff went to the address to serve a process and was not successful.
Madam Dapaah-Ntow’s lawyers refused to argue their application for an injunction which has been pending since December 2020.
He, however, pleaded with the court to allow them file some other process because of the dismissal of their application.
They hinted at appealing today’s ruling but the court told them there was nothing presently stopping the case from going on,
The court cautioned the plaintiff to refrain from an act which is likely to delay the court ruling.
They were given 7 days to file a supplementary process they pleaded for.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to 9th February 2021 at 9am.
The FDA’s lawyer Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow sued Manasseh Azure and two others last year alleging she has been defamed and is seeking to stop the broadcast of the investigative piece, “the returned bribe”.
Professor Samuel Ato Duncan told the investigative journalist that Mrs Dapaah Ntow demanded that he pays $100,000 so he will be given the green light to continue selling his product.