Astute business mogul, Hassan Zein, has appealed passionately to government and the security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, address a terrorist tag leveled against him.
Some media outfits particularly in Mali and other parts of the continent have tagged Zein as a terrorist in their recent publications.
The Ghanaian businessman, who has good standing in the country says the tag terrorist is too strong a word to toy with, and is therefore calling on government and security agencies to probe to unravel whether indeed he is terrorist as is being bandied about by some foreign media outlets.
Hassan Zein is also appealing to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to use its good offices to take the matter up and reach out to its Malian counterparts since it borders on international security.
He has also engaged the services of his legal team- Crown Legal Bureau- to pursue the matter for defamation and push for damages.
In a release signed by Justice Abdulai (Esq), lawyer for Zein, it stated “This is a clear case of defamation of character. My client has been misrepresented and defamed to the highest order.
“This is a responsible businessman, who had contributed immensely in the area of employment in Ghana. We are appealing to the good offices of the president of the land, security agencies, the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Ghana, their Malian counterparts to handle the matter with immediate effect due to the security implications.”
The release added ” My client, who is not a religious Moslem is available for investigations to ascertain the terrorist claim, it is high time we took the issue of character assassination serious, otherwise, anybody can say anything to ruin a hard earned reputation like that of my client. The said fabricated stories, has had a telling effect on my client- emotionally, physically and business fortunes as well as dented the image of Ghana.”
“We are pursuing this matter, through the offices of African Union, ECOWAS at the international courts, International Criminal Court (ICC) International Court of Justice and Africa to press for damages,” the release stated.