Shatta Wale Lawyers To File Terms Of Settlement
The Accra High Court has postponed the case involving the Ghanaian artist Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, to June 27, 2023.
The adjournment was requested by Shatta Wale’s lawyers to allow both parties to file terms of settlement.
Mr. Frank Atese Kwabena, who represented Shatta Wale’s counsel, informed the court that progress had been made in their negotiations.
Presided over by Justice Joseph Agyemang Adu Owusu, the court agreed to the adjournment since the settlement discussions were still ongoing.
On November 2, 2022, Shatta Wale made certain publications on his Facebook page implicating his former manager, Lawrence Asiamah Hanson (also known as Bulldog), in the murder of Fennec Okyere and other related accusations. Bulldog subsequently filed a defamation suit against Shatta Wale.
Throughout various court sessions, particularly on behalf of Shatta Wale’s counsel, it was repeatedly mentioned that the parties were willing to resolve the matter out of court.
Since March 7, 2023, when the request for settlement was made, the parties have appeared in court at least three times, indicating progress in the settlement talks.
However, on April 18, 2023, Shatta Wale’s lawyers requested an additional month for further negotiations after it was disclosed that the parties had not reached an agreement.
During the court session on May 16, 2023, Shatta Wale’s lawyers informed the court that the parties had now agreed in principle on the terms of settlement.
They requested a month-long adjournment to allow the parties to draft the terms of settlement and file them with the court for adoption as a consent judgment.
In the lawsuit, Bulldog is seeking a declaration from the court that Shatta Wale’s publications, as detailed in the statement of claim, are defamatory.
Bulldog also seeks a declaration that the publications made by Shatta Wale are malicious.
Additionally, Bulldog is requesting an order from the court directing Shatta Wale to make an unqualified retraction and an unreserved apology for the defamatory statements on all his social media pages.
The retraction and apology would need to be approved by Bulldog’s lawyers. Bulldog is also seeking a perpetual injunction restraining Shatta Wale, his agents, workers, assigns, and servants from publishing any further defamatory statements.
Furthermore, Bulldog is claiming general damages, special damages, and punitive damages for defamation and the malicious publication of falsehoods by Shatta Wale.