Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly known as ‘Bulldog’, has been granted a GH¢70,000.00 bail with three sureties by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly threatening President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The court presided by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah said two of the sureties should be public servants.
The court ordered the accused to report to the police every Monday, and adjourned the case to January 28.
According to the GNA, Bulldog at about 3:30 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2021, was seen escorted to the court by armed policemen and plain-clothed officers.
Hanson has pleaded not guilty to the charges of “offensive conduct, conducive to breaches of the peace.
His lawyer, Jerry Avernorgbor, had prayed the court to admit his client to bail as he had people who were ready to stand surety for his client.
Counsel said that his client would not interfere with investigations and had no intention of committing any further crime.
Mr Avernorgbor drew the attention of the court to the fact that accused has been in custody for 48 hours and that justice would be served if he was admitted to bail by the court.
Prosecution led by Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu prayed the court remand accused into lawful custody as investigations were ongoing.
Prosecution said on January 11, this year, the police intercepted a video recording on United Television (UTv), an Accra-based private television station.
Chief Insp Apiorsornu said that in the said video, accused was seen and heard saying, “The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not finish his term in office and that he will run away if he failed to pay the deposits of Menzgold customers.”
The prosecution said that on January 12, this year, accused was handed over to the police by the National Intelligence Bureau for further investigations.
According to the prosecution, during interrogation, Hanson admitted to having made such comments in the said video when the same was played to him.
Chief Insp Apiorsornu said that ‘Bulldog’, after admitting to the statement in the video, said that it was made in jest and that he had no ill motive behind his statement.