An Accra Circuit Court has arraigned six members of the Ghanaian rugby fraternity on charges of falsifying news about Mr. Herbert Mensah, the President of Africa Rugby. The accused individuals are Bismark Amponsah, Abdul Aziz Issah, Michael Ako Wilson, James Nana Akwandoh Nunoo, Emmanuel Ekow Mensah, and Alexandra Dorpenyo. They face various charges including conspiracy to commit offensive conduct, unlawful access or interception of information, and fraudulent communication.
The court granted bail to the accused, each requiring three sureties and GHC50,000.00 bail. Issah, Wilson, Ekow Mensah, and Dorpenyo face charges related to offensive conduct, while Nunoo faces an additional charge of fraudulent communication. Amponsah, also facing money laundering charges in another court with Nunoo, is charged with conspiracy to commit offensive conduct.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Maxwell Oppong, the accused planned to spread false information and engage in a street protest to tarnish Mr. Mensah's image due to a disagreement with him. They allegedly developed write-ups and uploaded them on social media platforms to defame him despite his efforts to seek legal intervention.
The prosecution asserted that despite the complainant's actions against one of the accused, they continued spreading disinformation, prompting legal action. Further investigation revealed derogatory articles posted by Ekow Mensah and Dorpenyo on their Facebook pages, leading to the charges against them.
The court has set the next appearance for February 29, 2024, as the accused have denied the charges. The case underscores the alleged attempt to tarnish Mr. Mensah's reputation within the rugby fraternity, highlighting the legal consequences of spreading false information and engaging in offensive conduct.