The Attorney-general expresses the government’s support for the appeal filed by Akuapem Poloo’s lawyers
The Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Dame has assured the government’s support in the request of appeal made by the lawyers of Rosemond Alade Brown known in showbiz circles as Akuapem Poloo, a leading lawyer for the budding actress, Andrew Vortia has said.
The lawyers for Akuapem Poloo on Monday wrote a notice seeking an appeal against the 90 days jail term given to Akuapem Poloo on Friday by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Ms. Christiana Cann.
Speaking exclusively to the media in Accra on Tuesday, Mr. Vortia explained that the attorney general also saw the sentence as a bit harsh, noting that the culprit was a first-time offender and also a single mother who did not waste court’s time by admitting to her fault.
He expressed optimism that the appeal would go through successfully since there were some authorities given their legal backing.
“The Attorney General is of the view that the sentence was a bit harsh. So he asked if I have filed an appeal, and when I said yes, he told me that I have his backing. It is surprising to note that when the judge inquired from the prosecution what she had to say, she said the accused person is not known to the court and is a first-time offender,” Mr. Vortia added.
He further indicated that the prosecutor was against the custodial sentence given to Akuapem Poloo and was opting for a fine in order to serve as a deterrent, not to the extreme of her being mingled with hardened criminals.
“The prosecutor told the court that Akuapem Poloo is a single mother and that she prays against a custodial sentence. Those were the exact words captured by the judgment of the court. Even the prosecutor was against a custodial sentence and would have opted for a fine or a caution,” he added.
Mr. Vortia urged Ghanaians and the creative art stakeholders to continue with their plea for the immediate release of the social media sensation, Akuapem Poloo.
The hearing on the appeal is slated for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 21.