Communications Director of Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ibrahim Saani Daarah, has dragged Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas to court for defaming him through the public screening of the documentary titled Number 12.
He is demanding 20 million cedis as damages as he argues that the publication has put him across as a corrupt, fraudulent, crooked and dishonest employee of the Ghana Football Association.
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The documentary which focused on corruption in football has so far caused football governing body FIFA to ban the GFA President while government is making efforts to dissolve the GFA.
In the footage, Saani Daara advised an agent to encourage his brother to work hard for a call-up into one of the national teams because player selection was based on player performance.
When GH¢4,000, in cash, was presented to him, Saani Daara would not touch it or take it but directed it is given to a man standing next to him whose face was blurred in the footage.
In a voice-over, Anas is heard alleging that Saani Daara later took the bribe after he directed that it be given to the unidentified man.
Dr Dominic Ayine, counsel for Saani Daara in an interview on Joy News Friday, insists the voice over is an addition which defames his client because the video does not support the allegation of bribery.
“That is the point of our focus,” he said.
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Dr Ayine stated that the unnamed person whom he asked the agent of Anas to give the money to, did not forward any such money to him.
He believes Anas Aremyway Anas is well aware that the claims relating to the communications Director are false yet he published them.
Dr Ayine insisted that the GFA Communications Director never requested or accepted any bribe from operatives of Tiger Eye PI who had feigned interest in helping a ‘brother’ to get a call-up into the Black Stars Team B.
He said a careful review of the portion of the video relating to Saani Daara shows his client did not accept any bribe.