An order for substituted service has been granted by an High Court in Accra to enable Servistar, a company licensed to import and sell frozen food to publish a writ of summons in the Daily Graphic, claiming damages in libel against Anas Aremeyaw Anas, described in the writ as a “self-styled investigative journalist and editor in chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper”.

Also joined in the suit is Kweku Baako Media Ltd, publishers of the New Crusading Guide. Servistar is suing Anas and his publishers for libel in the matter of a publication by Anas, in print and electronic media, of the findings of some investigative work in which Anas claimed Servistar as having evaded taxes due the government of Ghana.

Other companies were named in the documentary, titled Enemies of the State, while some officers of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service were captured demanding and receiving bribes from Clearing Agents at the Tema Port

Servistar is seeking an order directed at the 1st and 2nd defendants to pay jointly and severally an amount of Gh˘500,000 being damages for libel. It is also seeking damages of Gh˘500,000 against Anas for slander.

As well, Servistar is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further publishing any defamatory matter about it. According to the writ, judgment will be given against Anas if after 14 days of the publication he does not cause an appearance to be made on his behalf.