Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an investigative journalist, has refused to expose his identity to Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former President of the Ghana Football Association, and his legal team during a private session before the court proceedings.
Anas is anticipated to provide testimony against Nyantakyi in a case, but he has declined the prosecution’s invitation to testify due to safety concerns.
On Wednesday, Justice Marie Louise Simmons, presiding over the High Court in Accra, issued an order for Anas Aremeyaw Anas to testify openly in court during Kwesi Nyantakyi’s trial.
In order to address the concerns regarding the safety of the journalist, the court has permitted Anas to conceal his identity while giving his testimony.
Justice Simmons approved the prosecution’s request for Anas to testify partially, noting that Anas has been observed wearing his beads as a form of disguise in public.
Therefore, testifying with his mask on in a public setting was deemed acceptable. Tiger Eye P.I., the private investigative company led by Anas, released a statement highlighting the risks involved in revealing his face to Nyantakyi.
The statement explained, “As much as Anas is willing and ready to testify for the prosecution, doing so under the condition specified by the court presents a clear and present danger to his security and safety, especially because of the issues chronicled above.”
“Under these circumstances, prudence requires that he declines the invitation to endanger his life and accordingly declines the invitation to reveal his identity to the accused person in the judges’ chamber or any other place.”
“Tiger Eye endorses the position of Anas and states that it is proper and wise to err on the side of caution to avoid any potential attack on another of its investigators.
The investigative firm reiterated its support for Anas and emphasized the need for caution to prevent any possible harm to their team members.
They also stressed that the ongoing prosecution of Nyantakyi stems from the release of a contentious documentary titled ‘Number 12: When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’.