Reports reaching BEATWAVES indicate that the erstwhile Chairman of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) and Copyright Advocate, Carlos Sakyi, has been warned to stay away from GHAMRO or risk losing his life.
According to the reports, the copyright advocate within two months or so had received a number of phone calls and text messages on his phone from unknown people threatening to kill him if he continues to involve himself in the activities of GHAMRO.
Speaking to BEATWAVES, the visibly baffled Carlos Sakyi stated that on Friday, July 25, 2014 at around 3:00pm a few hours after the High Court (Human Rights Division) presided over by His Lordship Justice Kofi Essel-Mensah adjourned the GHAMRO court hearing to October 30 2014, he received two calls from what sounded like a man speaking in a very harsh tone, sternly warning him to stay away from GHAMRO or risk losing his life.
The person then followed up with a text message which read: “If you want to enjoy the rest of your life, please move from GHAMRO issues ok.”
According to Carlos, he without delay informed his lawyer A.K Bannerman Williams Jnr who advised him immediately to report the death threat to the police.
He subsequently lodged a formal complaint at the Central Police Station in Accra to an officer-in-charge, Inspector Ariel, who assigned one Corporal Richard Akorli to the case.
Carlos added that the police had given him full assurance that they were treating the matter with utmost seriousness particularly in the light of the recent cold-blooded murder of music industry artiste manager, Fennec Okyere.
He said, “God is my witness and protector, and He knows I have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of music rights owners and that I managed GHAMRO with absolute integrity and transparency.”
The former GHAMRO chairman cautioned the media to cross check facts before publication and not allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous per-sons with selfish interests.