Jerry John Rawlings
Jerry John Rawlings

The case in which Ex- President Jerry John Rawlings is seeking an order to restrain Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo, former Ambassador to the United Kingdom, from launching a book on him, was on Monday adjourned to October 24.

wpid-Jerry-John-Rawlings.jpgThe adjournment was to enable parties in the case announce their terms of settlement to the court on the said date.

Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, counsel for the Ex- President, had told the court that he had sent a draft of the terms of settlement to Prof. Danso-Boafo, and was awaiting their response.

The defendant lawyers, led by Mr John Abraham Larkai, told the court that they would also submit their response by the close of today.

The court presided over by Mr Justice L.L Mensah said ?it seems negotiation was in progress,? hence adjourned the matter for the parties to announce the terms of settlement on the next adjourned date.

Prof Danso-Boafo, the defendant, wanted to launch a book titled: ?J. J. Rawlings and the Democratic Transition in Ghana,? on which the former President is praying the court to place an injunction..

Counsel for former President Rawlings, at the last hearing, prayed the court to allow the parties? time to explore an out-of-court settlement.

The book was, initially to be launched on August 20, but former President Rawlings filed an application to stop the event, accusing Prof Danso-Boafo of bad faith.

Former President Rawlings, in his affidavit in support of the motion, stated that Prof Danso-Boafo had undertaken to wait for him to review the book and correct all factual inaccuracies in it, but ?has breached his own solemn undertaking with me, and has published it with the view to launching it?.

The plaintiff believed the Professor had not extended due courtesy relating to the said agreement to him, and had only dropped a special invitation inviting him to the launch of the unapproved book.

The former ambassador, in his affidavit in opposition, said the book was not intended to and would not bring former President Rawlings and his family into disrepute.

According to him, the book was rather authored from an ?intellectual perspective and fair analysis of historical events which occurred during the plaintiff?s public life from military rule through transition to democracy and written in a very objective light?.

Prof Danso-Boafo?s affidavit said the author, after completing the book, gave former President Rawlings a copy to proofread, but the former President, after keeping the copy for well over two years, had not been able to point out a single unacceptable sentence in the book.

He contended that the plaintiff could not exhibit proof of a single page, which contains the alleged ?several inaccuracies, misinformation and slants which had the potential to poison Ghana?s historical records and democratic evolution?.

The book, according to the author, was intended to ?put in the public domain, the holistic history of what happened in Ghana under the plaintiff?s rule as Head of State, matters which are of public interest, enquiry and debate?.

GNA

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