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GENERAL PORTFOLIO LTD. AND OTHERS
V.
GHANA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION

(1992) JELR 65463 (HC)    
High Court  ·  28 May 1992 ·  Ghana
CORAM
ASARE KORANG J.

Ratio Decidendi

Core Terms Beta
region
action
accra
court
defendants
high court
chief justice
order
plaintiff-corporation
tsatsu tsikata
april issue
fourth defendant
high courts
mr. kom
civil procedure
conditional appearance
courts act
greater accra region
rules
asare korang j.
behalf of the fourth defendant
chief executive consisting of libellous statements
chief justice orders
common concern
court reports
defamation of the plaintiff-corporation
different regions
fourth defendant-applicants
full rule
general portfolio ltd.
ghana national petroleum corporation
greater accra region law
greater accra region of ghana
great weight
legal authority
movable property
ordinary writ of summons
pages of the ghanaian chronicle newspaper
plaintiff-respondents
recent times
right time
said writ
second defendants
second head
specific performance
statement of claim
such contract ought
transfer of suits
transfer of the suit
virtue of rule

ASARE KORANG J.

Proceeding by an ordinary writ of summons unaccompanied by a statement of claim, the plaintiff-respondents (hereinafter referred to as the plaintiff-corporation) filed a suit in this court on 23 April 1992 against the defendants for:

(a) “damages of ¢2 billion for defamation of the plaintiff-corporation and a number of its officers particularly its chairman and acting chief executive consisting of libellous statements contained in a series of articles and an editorial appearing in the pages of The Ghanaian Chronicle newspaper as follows: (i) 6-12 April issue (Vol. 1, No. 31) ‘TSATSU TSIKATA AND THE MESS AT G.N.P.C.’ (ii) 13-19 April issue (Vol. 1, No. 32) Editorial ‘PROBE G.N.P.C. BEFORE INDEMNITY HOUR DAWNS.’ (iii) 20-26 April issue (Vol. 1, No. 33) ‘TO SIR WITH LOVE’; and
(b) perpetual injunction to restrain the defendants, their servants, agents and assigns from repeating the said libellous statements or uttering or publishing any other like or similar libel of the pl…
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