Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has declined to show his face to Kwesi Nyantakyi and his lawyers in chambers, before court proceedings in a case Anas is expected to testify against Nyantakyi, a former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
Consequently, Anas has turned down an invitation by the prosecution to testify in the case.
On Wednesday, (May 17, 2023), the High Court in Accra ordered Anas Aremeyaw Anas to testify in open court in the trial of the former Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
However, the court, presided over by Justice Marie Louise Simmons, would allow Anas to disguise himself during his testimony.
Again, per the ruling of the court, Mr Nyantakyi will have the opportunity to see Anas’ face in chambers before he testifies in open court.
Justice Simmons gave the ruling following an application by the prosecution for Anas to testify in camera.
Lawyers for Mr Nyantakyi opposed the application and urged the court to rather allow Anas to testify in open court with his face showing.
In her ruling, Justice Simmons granted the application in part and held that Anas had been seen in public wearing his beads as a mask and therefore there was nothing wrong with him testifying in public with his beads mask on.
Tiger Eye P.I, the private investigative firm Anas heads has issued a statement explaining the dangers associated with revealing his face to Kwesi Nyantakyi.
"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 defendant 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.
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