Release the phones of Shatta Wale and others – Court orders prosecution (FILE PHOTO)
The Accra Circuit Court, hearing the publication of a fake news case against dancehall artist Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale and three others, ordered the prosecution of hand over the cell phones of the accused to them.
It comes after a heated clash between the defendants’ lawyer, Mr. Jerry Avernogbo and the prosecutor, Chief Inspector C / Insp Dennis Terkpetey over cellphones.
Shatta Wale faces charges of publishing fake news while accomplices Kojo Owusu Koranteng, also known as Nana Dope, Eric Venator aka Gangee and Iddriss Yussif face justice for being complicit in the alleged crime commissioned by artist Dancehall.
When the case was called to Circuit Court today, the prosecutor told the court that investigations were still ongoing and the police were prosecuting another person in connection with the crime.
However, the defendant’s lawyer informed the court that the confiscated property of his clients was still in custody.
He asked the court, chaired by Mr. Emmanuel Essandoh, to order the prosecution to release the mobile phones.
The lawyer argued that the offenses his clients were in court for could be viewed by police on social media, so there was no need for police to confiscate their cell phones.
The lawyer further argued that his clients depended on cell phones for survival, so keeping the phone violated the rights of the defendants.
However, C / Insp. Terkpetey opposed the request, arguing that the prosecution needed the accused’s phones for further investigation.
“The cell phone is very important to us,” he said.
The lawyer also objected to this argument of the prosecution.
“The charge in court here today is a cat that has been viewed on social media that is accessible and depriving these people of a right to survival is more like telling them to go die.
“It’s all on social media and trying to get into the phone could access some very private things that are not in court,” Avernogbo added.
The president of the court, in his decision, said: “The alleged offenses are known on social networks there and we also know that there is privileged access to information.
“The cell phones of the accused must be released, the prosecution can retrieve the alleged offenses on social networks,” said Mr. Essandoh.
The judge adjourned the case to December 7 of this year.
Meanwhile, in the same court, when the case of Ghanaian rapper Samuel Adu Frimpong, aka Medikal, was called, the same prosecutor asked the court to adjourn the case.
The court adjourned the case of the display of weapons and ammunition against the rapist to December 7.