After the Accra High Court ruled that undercover investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas should be identified in chambers by former Ghana Football Association president, Kwasi Nyantakyi before the investigator testifies in open court disguised, Tiger Eye PI has indicated that it cannot comply with the directives of the court.
Tiger Eye PI and Anas Aremeyaw Anas are facing a defamation suit brought against them by Mr. Nyantakyi after the team aired its documentary dubbed Number 12 which exposed the corrupt practices in Ghana’s Football and fingered the then GFA President in the process.
The case has been in court since the documentary was aired.
The court, presided over by Justice Marie Louise Simmons, on Wednesday, May 17, ruled to allow Anas to disguise himself during his testimony but must be identified by Mr. Nyantakyi in the Judge’s chamber first.
Following the ruling of the court on Wednesday, a press release by Tiger Eye indicated that its investigative journalist is ever willing to testify in court but quickly added that they cannot comply with the court’s directive to allow Anas to be identified in chambers before his testimony in court.
According to the investigative firm, allowing Anas to be identified by Nyantakyi in the Judge’s chambers would compromise his security and safety.
The statement further justified that one of its investigators, Ahmed Suale, was killed on the same day that he had had engagements with the Attorney General’s office on his testimony against the accused person in the above-styled case.
“As much as Anas is willing and ready to testify for the prosecution, doing so under the condition specified by the court, presents a clear and present danger to his security and safety. Under these circumstances, prudence requires that he declines the invitation to endanger his life and accordingly declines the invitation to reveal his identity to the accused person in the judges’ chamber or any other place,” Tiger Eye PI’s statement noted.