The witness statement and a video on how Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson a.k.a. Bulldog, allegedly threatened President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, were adopted on Wednesday as the evidence-in-chief of Nana Ama Agyemang Mcbrown, the hostess of the United Showbiz programme on Accra-based UTV on Saturdays.
The video was tendered by the prosecution through the United Showbiz hostess when she mounted the witness box to testify against Bulldog.
McBrown was cross-examined by the counsel for Bulldog, Mr Jerry Avenorgbo, after the video, in which the infraction of law occurred, had been played in open court.
Mr Hanson, an artiste manager, is being tried for allegedly saying on the United Showbiz programme that “President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not finish his four-year term if he failed to pay customers of an alleged Ponzi scheme by Menzgold.”
He has denied the charge of offensive conduct to breach the peace.
The court, presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah, admitted Mr Hanson to his former bail bond of GH¢70,000.
Meanwhile, the accused has been served with disclosures and all the documents the prosecution intends to rely on.
This was after a case management conference had been conducted at which the accused and the prosecution agreed on the timelines for the trial.
The facts, as presented by the prosecution led by Chief Inspector Apiosornu, were that the complainants in the case are citizens and regular viewers of the UTV programme hosted by McBrown, which is live every Saturday between the hours of 9 pm and midnight.
The prosecution said on January 9 this year, the programme was aired on UTV, as usual, and the accused was one of the panellists.
Chief Inspector Apiorsornu said during the programme, the issue of Menzgold was raised and Mr 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 prosecution said on January 11 this year, the police intercepted the said video recording on the Facebook 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, Mr Hanson was handed over to the police by the National Intelligence Bureau for investigations.
He said in the course of the investigations, the police requested the original video recording from UTV and it was played to the accused and he admitted having made those comments.
The prosecution said the original video, which was in the Twi and English languages, was forwarded to the Ghana Institute of Languages for transcription and the same was transcribed into the English language.