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Court awards GHC600 cost against Hajia Fati

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The Human Rights High Court has thrown out an application by Captain Nkrabea Effah-Dateh, seeking to dismiss a suit filed against Hajia Fati and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

As reported by adomfmonline.com, the judge found the application frivolous. Presiding over proceedings, Justice Gifty Osei Addo awarded a cost of GHc600 to the plaintiff Charity Akosua Sakyiwaa.

The plaintiff was represented by Samson Lardy Ayenini. Hajia Fati’s , lawyer complained that the Plaintiff’s middle name had been wrongly spelt and that she provided her office addres rather than residential address.

Lawyer Effah-Darteh enumerated a list of issues on which ground he thought the suit should be dismissed. He said his client used “would” in a number of the paragraphs of her suit. He maintained that since ‘would’ conveyed a future tense rather than what had already happened, the suit disclosed no reasonable cause of action and must be dismissed.

The judge reportedly asked him several questions and he eventually and rather embarrassingly admitted his application was wrong.

Samson Lardy Anyenini, Lawyer for Charity Akosua Sakyiwaa popularity known as Ohemaa, rose to challenge the application as incompetent but the judge interrupted and asked more questions of Captain Effah-Dateh and directed him to do the honourable thing, leading him to plead with the court to allow him to withdraw his application.

The journalist, popularly known as Ohemaa, filed the suit alleging violations of her fundamental human rights including her right to do her work as a journalist. This follows her alleged assault by Hajia Fati.

Fati had earlier apologised for her action citing the fact that she thought the journalist was an “onion-seller”.

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