Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale is heading back to court on June 24 in the GHc10 million defamation suit brought against him by event managers, Charterhouse.
The parties were supposed to be in court on May 22 but they didn’t appear because they thought the case would not be called as a result of the strike by the Judicial Service Workers Association (JUSAG).
Charterhouse and Mr. Iyiola Ayoade, CEO of the company, sued the dancehall artiste, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, over a series of what they said are defamatory videos he released on social media site, Facebook.
They are petitioning the court, inter alia, to award the amount as damages for defamatory comments, made in four videos, that the artiste uploaded to online social media platform, Facebook.
Charter House and Mr. Iyiola Ayoade filed the suit at the Fast Track Division of the High Court in Accra on October 2, 2014.
Shatta Wale during the first hearing on October 19, 2014 had made a plea for an out-of-court settlement – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) but in December 2014, counsel for the musician argued that Charter House Ghana Limited is not a known legal entity in Ghana and therefore cannot bring a suit against the artiste.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Charterhouse, George Quaye, told Myjoyonline.com Wednesday that the June 24 date was set due to a miscommunication caused by the JUSAG strike on May 22, 2015.
“We thought they were on strike so we didn’t go [on the May 22] but apparently they called the case on that day but because we weren’t there they adjourned it to 24th of June .”