The Accra High Court has issued a ruling that requires investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to reveal his identity in a private setting.
This identification process will be conducted by Kwasi Nyantakyi, the former President of the Ghana Football Association, as part of the ongoing criminal case against him. This identification must occur before Anas testifies in open court.
The charges faced by the former GFA boss relate to fraud and corruption, which were exposed in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary titled “Number 12.” The documentary allegedly presents evidence of Nyantakyi accepting cash, gifts, and engaging in influence peddling.
Initially, the High Court in Accra had granted the state’s request for Anas to testify in a private session.
However, Nyantakyi’s lawyers filed an application for certiorari at the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the High Court’s decision.
The Supreme Court accepted the defendant’s application, stating that a formal application should have been submitted rather than an oral one.
During the recent court hearing on Wednesday, the judge partially granted the application regarding Anas Aremeyaw Anas testifying in a private setting.
As per the court’s decision, Kwesi Nyantakyi will have the opportunity to identify Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a private setting without Anas wearing a mask. However, when Anas testifies in open court, he will continue to wear a mask to conceal his identity.
The court has stated that Kwesi Nyantakyi will always be allowed to identify Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a private session whenever Anas provides testimony.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the investigative journalist responsible for exposing Nyantakyi’s actions, had previously expressed concerns about his safety if he were to testify in court.
Ahmed Suale, a crucial witness in the case, was tragically killed, and Anas volunteered to testify in his place.
In June 2018, Nyantakyi was captured on camera accepting $65,000 in cash from an undercover reporter, who was actually journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The footage was broadcasted by BBC Africa’s investigations unit, Africa Eye. Nyantakyi believed the money to be part of a sponsorship deal for the Ghana FA, an organization he had been overseeing since 2005.
Nevertheless, it was the reporters who initiated the deal with the intention of uncovering Nyantakyi’s alleged wrongdoing.
Following the revelations made in the documentary, Nyantakyi was stripped of his roles as a FIFA Council Member and the 1st Vice President of CAF (Confederation of African Football).