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President Akufo-Addo urged to take legal action against Al Jazeera and Canadian gold smuggler Alistair Mathias

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President Akufo-Addo has been advised by a private legal practitioner to sue Alistair Mathias and Al Jazeera Network at the International Court of Justice. Mr Kwame Jantuah made this suggestion after Al Jazeera refused to retract and apologize for the claims made in their documentary, “Gold Mafia,” which stated that President Akufo-Addo acted as a lawyer for Mathias, a Canadian gold smuggler and money launderer, and also benefited from an alleged $100 million infrastructure contract awarded to Mathias.

Mr Jantuah believes that the President should have written to Mathias to retract and apologize, in addition to Al Jazeera. He claims that defamation is in two forms: libel, which is written, and slanderous, which is oral. Mathias made the claims, and Al Jazeera was just the platform used for the broadcast. Therefore, the President should go after Mathias as well.

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Gold trader Alistair Mathias claimed in the final episode of Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation that he had relationships with various presidents on the continent, including President Akufo-Addo. He described Ghana’s President as a good friend and alleged that the President was his lawyer. However, President Akufo-Addo’s lawyer, Kow Essuman, refuted these claims and stated that the President has not been in private practice since 2000, and neither has his law firm acted as a lawyer for Mathias or his company, Guldrest.

For the most part, members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) latched onto these claims and raised various accusations against the President. However, these claims were denied by the President’s legal counsel, who revealed that President Akufo-Addo had not been in private practice as a lawyer since 2000, and his legal chambers had not acted as lawyers to Mathias or any of his associates.

Alistair Mathias is a gold trader with expertise in designing money laundering schemes, a skill that he claims has given him access to heads of states across the continent. Al Jazeera’s investigative team caught up with Mathias posing as Chinese criminals seeking to launder money from Africa, where he spilled out his modus operandi.

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