Social media commentator Kevin Taylor is to pay GHC 2.95 million in damages for defaming private legal practitioner, Ace Anan Ankomah, an Accra High court has ruled.
According to the judgement delivered on Monday, February 24, Mr Taylor is also to issue an apology to the legal luminary, Mr Ankomah, within 14 days or risk further sanctions.
Ace Ankomah in July last year sued Kevin Ekow Baidoo Taylor and the social media commentator’s Loud Silence Media company for defaming him.
The suit is in relation to a series of videos released by vociferous Kevin Taylor, alleging the involvement of Ace Ankomah in the alleged scheme by a Dubai based minerals firm Horizon Diamonds and some top guns in government to destroy the CEO of embattled Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah also known as NAM1.
Mr Ankomah in his suit claimed the allegation made against him were malicious and has brought his hard-earned reputation into “hatred, ridicule, Obloquy, discredit, contempt, vilification, reproach, great distress and emotional trauma”.
Mr Ankomah sought damages “in the sum of GHc10,000,000 for the defamatory statements published by the defendants on defendants’ Facebook page ‘With All Due Respect – Loud Silence Media’ on 23/07/19 and YouTube on 24/07/19, the subject matter of this suit.”
According to Thaddeus Sory, legal representative of Ace Ankomah, the false and malicious publications by Mr Baidoo Taylor “has injured his hard-won reputation into hatred, ridicule, obloquy, discredit, contempt, vilification, reproach” which has caused Mr Anan Ankomah “great distress and emotional trauma.”
Find Below are the payments Kevin Taylor is to make for the reputational injury caused Ace Ankomah
1. General Damages of ghs2,000,000;
2. Aggravated Damages of ghs500,000;
3. Exemplary Damages of ghs400,000;
4. Perpetual injunction to restrain the publication of further material;
5. Defendants to publish Apology within 14 days;
6. Mandatory injunction compelling Defendants to remove offending material within 14 days; and
7. Costs of ghs50,000