Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas will testify against former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwasi Nyantakyi in open court, according to a High Court decision.
The astute media, however, will be hidden behind his familiar mask.
However, Mr. Nyantakyi will have the chance to see him in private before the testimony. The court issued this decision in response to an application made by Mr. Nyantakyi’s attorneys.
They had pleaded with the court to give them the chance to catch a glimpse of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ true face.
This is related to the former football official’s criminal trial, which resulted from the Number 12 documentary, which intended to reveal corruption in Ghanaian football.
In its decision, the court stated that it is in the interests of justice to provide the necessary resources for a citizen to defend oneself when that individual’s liberty is in jeopardy.
Anas is a key witness in the case’s resolution, it was stated. It was noted that his identity becomes essential for the accused to recognize him and be able to defend himself.
The court argued that Anas was comfortable being in public while disguised because he was observed there speaking to the media while donning his bead masks. As a result, the court made the following rulings regarding how the case should be handled: “Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas will testify against former GFA President Kwasi Nyantakyi in open court but disguised in a mask
“Mr. Nyantakyi will however have the opportunity to see his face in chambers before such testimony.”