McBrown cannot be compelled to testify for Akufo-Addo against Bulldog— Lawyer to court
An Accra Circuit Court on March 25, started the trial of Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly known in the industry as, Bulldog, an artist manager who threatened President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a video telecast on air.
Nana Ama McBrown, an actress and hostess of a United Television (UTV) programme upon which the infraction with the law occurred, was expected to mount the witness box as a key witness.
However, during court preceding yesterday, lawyer of the hostess insisted that his client would not mount the witness box to testify.
Citing the case of Mahama vrs the Electoral Commission of Ghana and Akufo-Addo in the just ended election petition, he said the judges of the Supreme Court indicated that witness cannot be compelled to testify, hence his client, Nana Ama McBrown would not be able to testify for government against Bulldog.
“The court cannot compel someone to give a witness statement as Jean Mensa did in the 2020 election petition,” the lawyer cited.
Hanson, an Artiste Manager, is alleged to have said on a United Television (UTV) programme that “The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not finish his four year term if he failed to pay customers of Menzgold.”
Prosecution led by Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu, retook the plea of Hanson and re read the facts of the case after amending the charge sheet and the facts.
Hanson has denied the charge of “Offensive conduct to breaches of the peace.”
The Court, presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah, admitted Hanson to his former bail of GHC 70,000.
Meanwhile the accused person has been served with disclosures and all the documents prosecution intend to rely on.
This was after a case management conference had been conducted with accused and the prosecution agreeing on timelines on which the case would be conducted or heard.
The new facts as presented by prosecution were that the complainants in the case are citizens and regular viewers of UTV programme dubbed “United Showbiz,” hosted by Nana Ama Agyemang Mcbrown, which is live every Saturday between the hours of 9:00pm and 11:00pm.
The prosecution said on January 9, this year, the programme was aired on UTV as usual and the accused was one of the panelists who appeared on the show.
Chief Inspector Apiorsornu said during the programme, the issue of Menzgold was raised and Hanson quickly responded that “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will not finish his four year tenure if he failed to pay Menzgold customers.”
The Prosecutor said on January 11, this year, the Police intercepted the said video recording on the face book page of UTV, which attracted many comments from viewers who watched and heard the accused making those “unguided” comments.
The prosecution said on January 12, this year, Hanson was handed over to the Police by the National Intelligence Bureau for investigations.
In the course of the investigations, Prosecution said the Police requested for the original video recording from UTV and it was played to the accused and he admitted having made those comments.
The Prosecutor said the original video, which was in Twi and English language was forwarded to the Ghana Institute of Languages for transcription and same was transcribed into English language.