Lawyer Gary Nimako Marfo, counsel for Indian businessman Ashok Sivaram has requested for an immediate retraction and apology for defamatory publication against him.
He has asked DSI Michael Amoako-Atta the Head of Immigration Service to retract and apologise for a release under his signature that made direct defamatory references to him [Gary] ‘’for which I demand an immediate retraction and unqualified apology’’.
The lawyer in a letter to the Head of Public Affairs said he [DSI Amoako-Atta] may have issued the statement because he was not properly briefed.
‘’First of all, the sequence of events in the manner you have sought to narrate in the said Press Release shows that you were either not properly briefed by your superiors or that you have churned out malicious falsehood to the public carefully calculated to dent my hard won reputation,’’ he said.
The statement added, ‘’as you are already aware, I have never personally dealt with you since my client was deported from Ghana on 1st June, 2017. The persons I have engaged are the Minister of Interior, Hon Ambrose Dery, Controller of Immigration, Mr. Kwame Takyi, Deputy Controller-General/Operations, Mr. Laud Affrifa and the Head of Legal at Immigration Headquarters.’’
Lawyer Nimako stressed in the letter that he has acted professionally and if his engagements with superiors of Immigration to reverse the deportation of his client was adhered to during the seven (7) week deliberations, this case would not have travelled up to this stage.
Lawyer Gary Nimako added that ‘’In general response to the entire Press Release, I wish to respectfully inform you that it is proper to give a correct narrative of the sequence of events to the public in the interest of the image of the Ghana Immigration Service.
‘’I therefore respectfully implore you to immediately retract the inaccurate and defamatory attributions made to me in your press release forthwith,’’ he concluded.
You can read the full letter attached to the story.