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Gold mafia exposé: Akufo-Addo demands retraction, apology from Al Jazeera


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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is demanding an immediate retraction and apology from Al Jazeera Media Network over one of its recent documentaries that named him as having been involved, in one way or another, in some illegal activities, Galamsey.


The documentary, Gold Mafia, which was serialised in four different episodes, had one of the main characters in it, Alistair Mathias, mention in one of them that the president of Ghana was his lawyer. 


Alistair had also claimed that he had very close relations with the president, plus other African Heads of State, but this is something the president has denied. 


In this latest letter, penned under the name of the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, the contents of the documentary that mention Akufo-Addo are baseless and defamatory. 


“I am instructed by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to demand formally that Al Jazeera Media Network (“Al Jazeera”) retract immediately and apologise for airing an inaccurate and unfair documentary that contained spurious and unsubstantiated allegations against the President and the Government of Ghana.


“The documentary in question made baseless claims that the President acted as a lawyer for one Mr Alistair Mathias and implied that the President personally benefitted unlawfully from an alleged $100m state infrastructure contract purportedly awarded to Mr Mathias. 


"In his letter dated 11th April 2023, responding to AL Jazeera’s letter of 2nd April 2023, which was received on 6th April 2023, containing these vague and defamatory allegations, the Legal Counsel to the President, Mr Kow Abaka Essuman, acting on the instructions of the President, informed Al Jazeera that the President had not been in private practice since the year 2000 and that the President had no recollection of acting as a lawyer, either personally or through his law firm, Messrs. Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co, for a Mr Alistair Mathias or his company, Guldrest Resources,” the statement said. 


The letter further demanded that Al Jazeera acts within the next seven days after it receives the letter. 


“It is imperative to that you act forthwith on this request within seven days from the date of receipt of this letter.”



source: Theannouncergh.com