Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

BERLIN, May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BERLINER TAGESZEITUNG reports today that a criminal complaint has been filed with the Berlin public prosecutor’s office against Elon Musk, file number: 253 UJs 1012/23, alleging that Musk charged Twitter users on their credit cards but blocked them without giving any reason.


“Blocking user accounts is a daily occurrence at Twitter, but the fact that they then continuously charge money to users’ credit cards makes the matter explosive and is currently occupying the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office (Federal Republic of Germany). In any case, the question arises as to how much power a medium like Twitter can be granted at all and when the regulatory authorities should intervene to protect Twitter users.”

Incidentally, this is not the first time Elon Musk has been investigated, as there is also currently an investor lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The lawsuit is about Musk’s tweets in August 2018 with the premature announcement that he wanted to take the electric car company off the stock market and had secured the financing to do so. It later emerged that there were no firm commitments from investors.

“Elon Musk lied,” said a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

US Judge Edward Chen (Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California) had already found in the 2022 trial that Musk’s statements in the tweets had not been true.

“We will continue to monitor the case closely and report further developments as new information becomes available. It remains to be seen how the criminal charges against Elon Musk and Twitter will develop and what the consequences might be.

From a factual point of view, it should be noted that according to Article 48 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the presumption of innocence applies to defendants and accused persons, which must also apply in the case of the criminal charges against Elon Musk for “suspected fraud to the detriment of Twitter users”.

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Government to consider establishing a PHEF – GHS

Accra, May 31, GNA. Dr Franklin Aseidu-Bekoe, Director for Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the Government is considering the establishment of a Public Health Emergency Fund (PHEF) to ensure timely and quick response to unplanned public health threats. He said although there were no pencilled timelines on when the fund would be established, the need to have a clearly defined fund for PHEF is a priority for the GHS. Dr Asiedu-Bekoe told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that Ghana had done well in response to epidemics over the years, but the absence of an earmarked fund for public health emergencies made the national response somehow inadequate. ‘We do not have an established fund for public health emergencies normally, we try to mobilize resources when there is an outbreak. So, assuming we have a big outbreak, we are going to have a challenge mobilizing resources,’ he said. The Director for Public Health stressed that it was necessary for Ghana to have a designated fund for public health emergencies to enable Ghana to respond faster to epidemics, saying, ‘If we are able to prevent an outbreak at source, we will be able to prevent it from escalating. He said the government was also considering buying country insurance from the African Risk Capacity (ARC) group to fall on when there is a public health emergency and was also exploring ways to expand the COVID-19 levy into a PHEF. The African Risk Capacity (ARC) group is a specialized agency of the African Union (AU) established to help African governments improve their capacities to better plan, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters, through collaboration and innovative financing. Dr Asiedu-Bekoe said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in emergency preparedness in Ghana, and the government was engaging stakeholders to address the challenge of public health financing in Ghana. He said the response to public health emergencies had, however, improved over the last two years with an efficient and comprehensive surveillance system. ‘By virtue of COVID-19, we have tried to make our surveillance system electronic through an Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), platform. We have also strengthened our Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) both at the national and regional levels, ‘he said. With reference to lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) say countries, communities, and organizations must be able to respond immediately and effectively to potential health threats and emergencies caused by any hazard. It said for public health emergencies, ‘readiness is essential.’ ‘Readiness is the interface between longer-term preparedness actions and immediate response to emergencies, these actions should aim to build, improve and sustain the operational capabilities of countries, to respond to risks to public health, and ensure sustained capacity on the ground,’ it said. The WHO says investment to prepare health systems for extreme pressure does not only ensure their capacity to cope in a crisis, but also reduces harm, and finance for national health systems should also be sufficient to ensure financial resilience in crisis. According to the WHO, the case for investing in improved emergency prevention, preparedness and response is strong and countries need to include activities for health emergency preparedness in national budgets and health system financing plans.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EC sets June 27 for Assin North by-election

Accra, May 31, GNA – The Electoral Commission has set Tuesday, June 27, 2023, for the by-election in the Assin North Constituency of the Central Region. A statement issued and signed by Mrs Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the EC, said nomination for the election would be opened from Monday, June 12, 2023, to Wednesday, June 14, 2023, between 0900 hours – 1200hours and 1400hours to 1700 hours on each day. The EC said it would receive nominations from prospective candidates at the Assin North District Office of the Commission. The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, that the election of Mr James Gyakye Quayson as Member of Parliament for the Assin North Constituency was ‘unconstitutional, null and void and of no legal effect’. The seat of the Constituency in Parliament has thus become vacant, necessitating a by-election in accordance with Article 112 (5) of the Constitution, as amended.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Presidential Race: Alan Kyerematen picks up nomination form

Accra, May 31, GNA – About fifty market queens from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region Wednesday thronged the New Patriotic Party’s Office at Asylum Down in Accra to pick Up a presidential nomination form for John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen. Mr Kyerematen, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, is seeking to lead the NPP as the flag bearer after three previous failed attempts. The market queens, led by Nana Serwaa, the Market Queen of tomato traders in Kumasi, picked up the form on behalf of the former Trade Minister after paying the GHS50,000 nomination fee. They were accompanied by some leading members of the Party, including Mr Ayikoi Otoo, a former Attorney General, Mr Yaw Buaben Asamoah and Mr Ohene Ntow. Speaking to the media after picking up the form, Mr Asamoa, a former Communications Director of the NPP, described Mr Kyerematen as a man of integrity, adding that, with him, the presidency was ‘on a serious path to the right place’. ‘This is a man you can take to the bank, his word is as good as his contract. He has served the people diligently and you can’t find anything wrong with his character, his competence or his credibility,’ he eulogised. Mr Asamoa said Mr Kyerematen was the only one who could transform the economy. He added that, with him in charge, the country would build a ‘$60 billion economy’ based on value addition and industrialisation. ‘He (Alan Kyerematen) has proven it. He is not promising, he’s proven it, he is going to do it. He his a man of action,’ he said. The NPP, on Friday, May 26, opened nominations for the election of its presidential candidates for the 2024 general election. The one-month exercise, which is expected to end on June 24, 2023, kick-starts the processes for the final leg of the Party’s internal elections to elect a presidential candidate for the 2024 general election. The NPP has set Saturday, November 4, 2023, as the date for its presidential primaries to elect a flag bearer for the general election. However, if more than five candidates file to run in the primaries, the Party will call a Special Congress on August 26. Mr Kyerematen is one of the eight aspirants who have so far picked up the nomination forms to contest the Party’s presidential primaries. Already, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Mr Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko, a former Energy Minister, Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, a former General Secretary of the NPP and Mr Francis Addai-Nimo, a former Member of Parliament for Mampong, have all picked forms to contest the flag bearer slot of the Party. The rest are Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, an Economist cum corporate executive, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, a former Minister of Food and Agriculture and Mr Kwadwo Poku, an Energy Expert.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government’s imposition of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, unconstitutional – Supreme Court

Accra, May 31, GNA – The Supreme Court has in a unanimous decision declared as unconstitutional the law used by the Government to impose restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Apex Court said constitutional provisions allowed restrictions to be put in place in the interest of defence, public safety, public health, or the running of essential services, on the movement or residents within Ghana of any person or persons generally, or any class of persons. Parliament in 2020 passed the Imposition of Restrictions Act to allow restrictions provided for in Article 21 of Ghana’s 1992 constitution to be imposed. The law allowed the Government to issue various instruments while health authorities managed the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the law that allowed the President to restrict public gatherings, shut down schools, and impose measures to guide religious gatherings among others. Professor Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, a Law Professor and Human Rights advocate, together with eight others took the Government to the Supreme Court, contending the said law was unconstitutional. They contended that it unlawfully empowered the President to unilaterally suspend fundamental human rights and freedoms in the whole or a part of Ghana. This includes the special role of the Chief Justice and the Superior Court of Judicature in managing or regulating the suspension of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the whole or a part of Ghana; and excluding the role of Parliament in managing or regulating the suspension of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the whole or a part of Ghana. A seven-member panel presided over by Justice Jones Dotse ruled that the Imposition of Restrictions Act is inconsistent with the Constitution. He, therefore, struck down the law as unconstitutional, null, and void, indicating that the court’s full reasons will be made available on June 7. The case was heard by Justices Jones Dotse, Nene Amegatcher, Nii Ashie Kotey, Lovelace Johnson, Amadu Tanko, Professor Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Emmanuel Kulendi.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prioritise feeding of Ghanaians over tobacco production – CSOs

3Accra. May 31, GNA – The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and the Institute of Leadership and Development (INSLA) have called on the government to prioritise feeding of the citizenry over the production of tobacco. This was in statement jointly issued by the civil society organisations and copied to the Ghana News Agency as they join the globe to commemorate the 2023 World No Tobacco Day, which falls today, May 31, on the theme: ‘We need Food not Tobacco.’ Mr Issah Ali, the Executive Director of VALD said according to Tobacco Tactics of the University of Bath in 2014 stated that 2,545 metric tons of tobacco were produced in Ghana, covering 0.04 per cent of agricultural land. He said the 2023 global campaign was aimed at raising awareness about alternative crop production and marketing opportunities for tobacco farmers and to encourage them to grow sustainable, nutritious crops. He stated that the campaign was to call on governments and policymakers to step up legislation, develop suitable policies and strategies, that would provide favourable market conditions for tobacco farmers to shift to growing food crops that would provide them and their families with better life. ‘It also seeks to expose the tobacco industry’s efforts to interfere with attempts to substitute tobacco growing with sustainable crops, thereby contributing to the global food crisis. Tobacco use continues to be the leading global cause of preventable deaths. ‘Its influence extends into all corners of the globe, threatening lives and livelihoods and endangering the health and prosperity of developed and developing nations alike,’ Mr Ali stated. He added that tobacco consumption has contributed to climate change which has affected the environment, through deforestation and population, thereby hindering the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Executive Director stated that Article 17 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control dictates that parties shall, in cooperation with others and with competent international and regional intergovernmental organisations, promote, as appropriate, economically viable alternatives for tobacco workers, growers and individual sellers. ‘It is therefore recommended that nations venture into economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing (alternative livelihoods). Tobacco, which is perceived as being economically viable, has led to farmers shifting from the growing of agro-products to the growing of tobacco which will lead to a reduction in the number of cash-crops produced,’ he stated. Mr Benjamin Anabila, the Director of INSLA stated that worldwide, there are over 1.3 billion people who use tobacco; the majority of whom live in resource-constrained countries. ‘Each year, tobacco claims the lives of more than eight million people, including 1.2 million lives lost from exposure to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken to reverse this global epidemic, tobacco will kill as many as one billion people this century, making it one of the greatest sources of preventable deaths and diseases. He said COVID-19 pandemic has also brought the dangers of tobacco further to the fore, leading millions of people worldwide to want to quit. Mr Anabila stated that the growing food crisis is driven by conflicts and wars, climatic shocks, and the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that structural causes like the choice of crop also have an impact, and a look into tobacco growing reveals how it contributes to increase food insecurity. ‘Across the globe around 3.5 million hectares of land are converted for tobacco growing each year. Growing tobacco also contributes to deforestation of 200,000 hectares a year. Land used for growing tobacco then develops a lower capacity for growing other crops, such as food, since tobacco depletes soil fertility,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Veteran Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo passes on

Accra, May 31, GNA – Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, a renowned Ghanaian author, poet and playwright has passed on at age 81. Prof Ata Aidoo who has had an illustrious career spanning over five decades died on Wednesday morning May 31, 2023. Kwamena Essandoh, the family head in a statement said: ‘The Family of Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo with deep sorrow but in the hope of the resurrection, informs the general public that our beloved relative and writer passed away in the early hours of this morning Wednesday 31st May 2023, after a short illness. ‘Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course. The Family requests privacy at this difficult moment.’ Prof Ama Ata Aidoo was recognised as one the most prominent African writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Born on March 23, 1942 at Abeadzi Kyiakor near Saltpond in the Central Region, Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo attended the Wesley Girls’ High School and University of Ghana. The writer, whose work, written in English, emphasised the paradoxical position of the modern African woman.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court remands Director of JC Logistics over an alleged false cheque

Accra, May 31, GNA -An Accra Circuit Court has remanded a 40-year-old Director of JC Logistics and Business Consult for allegedly issuing a false cheque with a face value of GHS100,000.00. Mr Jorome Joel Kojo Dadson Amenu is also said to have issued another cheque with a face value of GHS200,000.00. Mr Amenu, who was charged with two counts of issuing false cheques, pleaded not guilty. Initially, his counsel prayed for bail, saying the accused person had been in custody since December 28, 2022. The Counsel said, ‘My lord, the accused person is married with two children and since December 28, 2022, he has not had the opportunity to see his family.’ Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Nyamekye did not oppose the bail application on the grounds that ‘the accused person is arrested on December 28, 2022, and on the same day, we charged him with the offence after investigation.’ It said after the charge, Police Officers from Kwabenya Police station came for him and remanded him on a different case.’ The prosecution said when the accused was initially granted bail, he committed another offence. The Court presided over by Mr Kwabena Kodua Obiri Yeboah, therefore remanded the accused person into Police custody to reappear on June 12, 2023. The prosecution said the complainant, Mr Daniel Oduro, is the Managing Director of Odorkor Goil Filling Station. The prosecution said Mr Abel Oppong Kodua, the accomplice to the accused person, was the Financial Manager of JC Logistics and Business Consult currently at large. It said in October 2022, the accused person and his accomplice bought a quantity of fuel from the complainant and issued two cheques with a face value of GHS100,000.00 to be cashed on November 10, 2022, and another with a face value of GHS200,000.00 to be cashed on November 18, 2022. The prosecution said the complainant presented the cheques on the respective due dates but the same were dishonoured. It said the accused person and his accomplice were informed about it, but they went into hiding. The prosecution said the complainant reported the matter to the Police and on December 28, 2022, the accused person was arrested at Tabora, Accra. The prosecution said the accused person admitted the offence in his investigation caution statement. GNA SOF 31 May 2023

Source: Ghana News Agency