Renowned academician Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah finds himself at the center of a potential legal storm as lawyers for Mr. William Edem Fugar, a prominent legal practitioner, have issued a demand notice following alleged defamatory statements in Addae-Mensah’s autobiography titled “My Life.”
In the demand notice addressed to Professor Addae-Mensah, the lawyers express deep concern over false statements made in the autobiography, particularly regarding Mr. Fugar’s involvement in a legal case.
The notice challenges Addae-Mensah’s assertion that Fugar abandoned a case resulting in its dismissal.
The lawyers contend that the referenced case, Pennie & Another v Egala & Another, reported in the Ghana Law Reports of 1980, contradicts Addae-Mensah’s claim. The judgment, delivered by Cecilia Koranteng-Addow J. on April 20, 1979, reportedly ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, and an injunction was issued against the second defendant.
The demand notice accuses Professor Addae-Mensah of causing damage to Mr. Fugar’s longstanding reputation as a legal practitioner of high repute, both nationally and internationally. The lawyers state that the false imputations have portrayed Fugar as a negligent and carefree lawyer, tarnishing his professional standing.
The notice demands a retraction of the defamatory statements from the autobiography and an unqualified apology to Mr. Fugar within seven days.