Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah is in the heart of a potential legal storm when attorneys for Mr. William Edem Fugar, a famous legal practitioner, submitted a demand notice in response to claimed defamatory comments in Addae-Mensah’s autobiography titled “My Life.”
The attorneys express serious concern in the demand notice given to Professor Addae-Mensah about fraudulent assertions made in the autobiography, notably regarding Mr. Fugar’s involvement in a legal action.
The notification refutes Addae-Mensah’s claim that Fugar dropped a case, resulting in its dismissal.
According to the attorneys, the cited case, Pennie & Others v Egala & Others, printed in the Ghana Law Reports in 1980, contradicts Addae-Mensah’s allegation. On April 20, 1979, Cecilia Koranteng-Addow J. rendered a decision in favor of the plaintiffs, and an injunction was imposed against the second defendant.
The demand notice accuses Professor Addae-Mensah of causing harm to Mr. Fugar’s established reputation as a highly regarded legal practitioner on a national and worldwide scale. The attorneys claim that the false accusations have tarnished Fugar’s professional reputation by portraying him as a careless and irresponsible lawyer.
Within seven days, the notification requests that the defamatory comments in the book be retracted and an unconditional apology be extended to Mr. Fugar.
Furthermore, the attorneys demand that the retraction and apology be published in two editions of the Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times. They also want a credible plan for removing copies of the claimed libelous information from circulation.
Failure to comply with these demands within the time limit specified in the notification may result in legal action being taken against Professor Addae-Mensah, the publishers of the book, and any parties engaged in the book’s distribution.