Court throws out Saanie Daara’s privacy case against Anas, awards cost

Court throws out Saanie Daara’s privacy case against Anas, awards cost

Former GFA spokesperson, Ibrahim Saanie Daara

The Human Rights Court in Accra has dismissed a case in which a former spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) was seeking to assert his right to privacy.

Mr Ibrahim Saanie Daara sued investigative journalist Anas Aremyaw Anas for capturing him in his Number 12 documentary that ousted the administration of for GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.

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Mr Daara in the Number 12 Documentary produced by Anas Aremyaw Anas

The former GFA spokesperson was seen taking a bribe to influence the selection of a player to the senior national team, Black Stars.

Mr Saanie Daara prayed the court to declare the secret recording as a violation of his right to privacy under Article 18(2) of the 1992 Constitution.

He had further asked the court to injunct the further broadcast and publication of the Number 12 documentary and cause all copies to be removed from all electronic platforms.

But lawyers for Anas argued the recording and subsequent publication was justified in the public interest.

They further said that by asking his colleagues to receive the money on his behalf, Mr Daara assumed ownership of the bribe thereby facilitating the scheme.

The court presided over by Justice Nicholas Abodakpi upheld the argument advanced by the legal team of Anas and unilaterally dismissed the case.

The court awarded costs of GH¢10,000.00 in favour of Anas and Tiger Eye PI.

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