The Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam constituency, Cassiel Ato Forson has dragged the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong to court.
Ato Forson is taking action against his fellow legislator over allegations that he is the brain behind a supposed plot to assassinate the Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison.
Mr. Ato Forson initiated the legal processes against Mr. Agyapong and his Kencity Media on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
In his statement of claim, Ato Forson said while he has not been mentioned in the charge sheet of the case or invited by the police for questioning, Kennedy Agyapong went ahead to make libellous statements without any justification against his person.
Kennedy Agyapong reportedly said on a show on his Net 2 television station that Ato Forson was the mastermind behind a plot to kill Cynthia Morrison.
Mr. Agyapong claimed that the suspects had told the police during interrogations that they were contracted by Ato Forson, the Minority Spokesperson on Finance, to perpetuate the crime.
“…The boys mentioned Cassiel Ato Forson’s name to the police. Why is it that the police would not like to speak the truth? Ato Forson gave the boys to the parliamentary candidate, Paul Ofori Amoah. Truly speaking, the parliamentary candidate is very calm but Ato Forson did that. He should come out and challenge me,” Kennedy Agyapong reportedly said on the show.
According to Mr. Ato Forson, the words of Kennedy Agyapong have injured his image and “brought his hard-won reputation into hatred, ridicule, odium, discredit, contempt, opprobrium and reproach and as such right thinking members of the society question the integrity of the Plaintiff especially as a Member of Parliament and a former government official.”
He prayed the court to ensure that Kennedy Agyapong and Net 2 TV retract and apologize for the comments within seven days and remove all such defamatory comments from their social media pages including YouTube.
He also wants damages to the tune of GHS500,000 from Mr. Agyapong and GHS300,000.00 from Net 2 TV and additionally, “The sum of GHS600,000 as punitive damages against the defendants”.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate in the Agona West Constituency, Paul Ofori Amoah, was last week charged for his alleged role in an attempt to assassinate the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Cynthia Mamle Morrison.
He was charged with “aiding and abetting of activities of political party vigilante group contrary to regulation 4 of ACT 999(2019),” after cheques he signed were found with the key suspects in the alleged assassination plot at a hotel.
Six suspected criminals who allegedly made assassination attempt on the life of Mrs. Cynthia Morrison are in the grips of the Swedru Divisional Police Command.
Four persons were earlier arrested on October 17, 2020, over the alleged assassination plot.