Accra High Court dismisses Nana Oye Bampoe Addo’s suit against Tony Lithur

Accra High Court dismisses Nana Oye Bampoe Addo's suit against Tony Lithur

The High Court in has ruled in favor of Tony Lithur, dismissing the suit brought against him by former Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Nana Oye Bampoe Addo.

Initiated on April 24, 2024, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo filed the legal action, alleging that her reputation had been tarnished by her ex-husband, Tony Lithur, who had filed for divorce.

The couple had been customarily married on April 14, 1991, and subsequently converted their union into an ordinance marriage in January 1998 and again on May 2, 2018.

In response to Mr. Lithur's divorce petition, Ms. Bampoe Addo accused him of making false statements and causing defamatory remarks to be published, demanding $500,000 in general damages and $1 million in exemplary damages.

However, Justice Rev. Joseph Owusu Adu Agyemang, presiding over the case, ruled that the allegations made against Mr. Tony Lithur did not amount to defamation. He emphasized that such matters should not be brought before the court, considering the nature of the divorce petition and its reply as judicial documents.

As a result, the court awarded costs of GHS5,000 against Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, following a request by Tony Lithur's legal team for GHS20,000. Despite this, Ms. Bampoe Addo offered to pay only GHS1,000.

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