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Lighthouse is suing all six former pastors once more.

 The most recent instance involved libel. It is for contempt this time.

Lighthouse Chapel International has filed new lawsuits alleging that six former workers who have sued the church should be found in contempt for inciting a public campaign to undermine the court.

The pastors are accused by the church of instigating "sensational" charges to be published by The Fourth Estate both before and after they filed a lawsuit against the church for financial exploitation and psychological abuse.

It is "totally unethical, ill-advised, and against public policy for a party in a pending controversy to actively resort to the press or news media to wage another war in the media or in the court of public opinion," according to the church, which alleges "connivance" between the pastors and The Fourth Estate.

The "Darkness in a Lighthouse" series, which will be released in April 2021, is based on interviews that the six former church ministers—Bishop Larry Odonkor, Bishop Emmanuel Oko Mensah, Rev. Edward Laryea, Rev. Chris Amankwah, Rev. Seth Duncan, and pastor Faith Fiakojo—granted to The Fourth Estate about their "ordeals" in Lighthouse.

The church will assert, however, that the pastors and The Fourth Estate had a "preconceived goal" to "muddy the waters of litigation even before the actions were filed" before Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson of the High Court.

To prove their position, Lighthouse Chapel International claims that the pastors are making claims in public that are not included in the legal actions they have taken. This amounts to disdain in the eyes of the church.

The church identifies 19 discrepancies between the "Darkness in a Lighthouse" publications and the lawsuits brought by the pastors in the contempt documents received by The Fourth Estate.

In order to demonstrate that "all three publications and each of them regarded as a whole or independently constitutes contempt of court personified," the church is highlighting these distinctions.

Additionally, it claims that when the pastors spoke with The Fourth Estate, they ought to have shared the church's responses to their claims.

The pastors' disclosure of information to The Fourth Estate, which was used to support the conclusion that SSNIT should not have denied the pastors their outstanding pension payment, constitutes contempt of court for the church.

Copies of the pastors' responses that were filed have been obtained by the Fourth Estate. They reject and label as "bizarre" the assertions made by their old church.

The former employees claim that the application made against them is "ill-conceived," "frivolous," "unmeritorious," and a waste of the court's time in their remarkably similar statements.

They make the point that the interviews that served as the foundation for the "Darkness in a Lighthouse" series were conducted long before the pastors appeared in court, as even the church acknowledges in their statement.

In fact, the church admits as much on page 5 of its statement of claims against the pastors: "The interviews were granted over a significant period of time well before the initiation of the cases."

They insist that they cannot be held in contempt for the Fourth Estate's publications. "I have been instructed by counsel that granting interviews before a writ is filed is not contempt, and I firmly believe this to be the case. As The Fourth Estate has done, media outlets are allowed to publish anything they like, whenever they please, and however they please.

"It is highly ridiculous and vexatious to suggest that my interview with a journalist, which was granted before a writ was filed, violates the court's rules, especially considering that the applicant has sued the publisher. Claiming that these interviews are disrespectful even if they do not violate any court orders or bring the court into shame, Part of Rev. Edward Laryea's defense statement states, "...is entirely misconceived.

In fact, the church has already brought a contempt of court lawsuit against "The Fourth Estate."

The pastors reject the claim that they should have included the church's perspective when they granted the interviews, calling this accusation "bizarre."

"Applicant asserts in their own averments that the interviews were conducted prior to the preparation or filing of their denials, and as a result, the information at the time of the interviews could not have been known.

"What is further stranger is the idea that I include the details of their denials in my interview. especially considering how many journalists are publishing for them.

Because "those conversations are not before all of this court," the pastors assert that the church should concentrate on the accusations stated in court.

The church is already suing The Fourth Estate for slander in addition to the contempt lawsuits. Additionally, it has filed separate libel suits against each of the pastors.

The church has continued after then. Additionally, it has filed a lawsuit for contempt of court against The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its journalism branch, "The Fourth Estate." Several high courts in Accra are currently hearing all of these matters.

The pastors contend that by reiterating defamatory allegations in new contempt actions, the church is "confusing" the legal system, manipulating the judicial process, and wasting the time necessary to hear the original substantive action they brought. in April 2021, against the church.

In fact, Justice Aboadwe Rockson, who is presiding over the substantive matter, is the same judge considering the contempt cases.

The church "woefully failed to discharge the burden of proof demanded of it in a contempt case," the pastors lamented in their comments.

"They present not a shred of evidence that rises to demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that Applicants herein have acted contemptuously," the statement reads. "They do not indicate which order was violated, they do not show how the court was scandalized. Instead, they reaffirm that they are aware of the key fact that the interviews about which they are complaining were conducted before the writ was submitted.

Because utilizing the legal system unfairly is something that "must not be countenanced," the pastors are asking the court to dismiss the contempt case as "incompetent" and impose a "heavy," "punitive" fine on Lighthouse Chapel International.

The church has already been ordered to pay 19,000 cedis in court costs in the main lawsuit brought by the six former ministers of Lighthouse Chapel International.

Making 20 lawsuits against pastors, MFWA, and The Fourth Estate is a new LCI lawsuit.

The church has so far brought 20 lawsuits against the MFWA, its executive director Sulemana Braimah, the MFWA personnel, and the six pastors.

Additionally, Lighthouse Chapel International has brought seven (7) complaints against Kofi Bentil, the attorney for the former pastors.

Not only that. Additionally, the church has brought at least two criminal charges against two of the former God ministers.

The church and its representatives have brought 29 complaints against those connected to the publication of The Fourth Estate.

Bishop Dag Heward-Mills formed the charismatic church, which is prepared for another brawl and charging away from the high court judge who has urged the parties to contemplate peace.


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