Nana Agradaa fined Ghc 46,000
She was charged with operating a TV station without license contrary and offense of Charlatanic advertisement
A circuit court in Accra has convicted Patience Asiedua popularly known as Nana Agradaa to a fine of Ghc 46,000for operating television channels without appropriate certification and displaying ‘charlatanic materials’(sika Gari) on television.
The court was presided by Mr.Emmanuel Essandoh.
Nana Agradaa earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of operating TV without license contrary to section 110 of the Electronic transaction act 2008, Act 772 and charlatanic advertisement knew as ‘sika Gari’ contrary to section 137 of the criminal offenses Act, 1960 but later changed her plea from not guilty to guilty.
As a result, she was convicted and was sentenced to 3000 penalty units (Ghc 36,000) on the count of operating TV without a license. She will serve a three-year jail term in hard labor in default of this fine.
Furthermore, she was fined an amount of Ghc 10,000 for displaying charlatanic materials on TV. In default of this, she will serve a year in prison.
As per the report, the prison sentences will run concurrently.
Nana Agradaa was arrested on April 22 when a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority raided the premises of the satellite television stations; Thunder TV and Ice1 TV for illegally transmitting without licenses, at Kasoa in the Central Region.
Subsequently, she was charged with operating a TV station without license contrary to section 110 of the Electronic transaction act 2008, act 772, and offense of Charlatanic advertisement (Sika Gari) contrary to section 137 of the criminal offenses Act, 1960.
She pleaded not guilty on April 22 to the charges and was granted a GHc500,000 self-recognizance bail.