An Accra Fast Track High Court presided by Justice Robin Batu, was on Thursday told that the parties involved in a case in which Fio Yohannes, a taxi driver had filed a suit against Melbond, a micro-finance company, had reached an amicable settlement.
The court was told further that that the plaintiff had filed a notice to withdraw the case, following the intervention of former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Justice Batu readily granted the request and struck out the case as having been withdrawn without liberty to reapply.
The granting of the request immediately brought smiles on the faces of the parties in the suit.
The decision sent the parties – Fio Yohannes and his counsel Madam Hanifa Yahaya; Dinah Colecraft, Deputy Managing Director, in Charge of Operations at Melbond and her counsel John David Merson; and Mr. Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, a special assistant to former President Rawlings – into smiles as they filed out of the courtroom.
Terms of settlement were not disclosed but Madam Hanifa told the court that the parties were satisfied and expressed the gratitude of the parties and Rawlings to the court for its directions. J.D.Merson also associated himself with the comments.
The court last week asked the former President to mediate the breach of contract case, in which he was supporting the complainant. He accepted the request and told the court he would give it a try.
Mr. Kobina Andoh told the media that the parties met only once to decide the case and the former president was particularly happy for the respect accorded his office and the submission of the parties to his intervention.