Afia Schwarzenegger fined GH¢60k in contempt case
Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa, also referred to as Afia Schwarzenegger, was ordered to pay GH60,000 (5,000 penalty units) in a current contempt case.
The court also punished Chairman Wontumi, a celebrity in the entertainment industry, GH5000 for uttering disparaging remarks about him.
On December 1 of last year, Afia Schwarzenegger was found guilty of contempt of court and given a 10-day prison sentence; however, she was not present when the sentence was given.
She appeared on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, with the assistance of Adrian Duke Amaning, her attorney, who presented a motion on notice to modify the sentence.
He requested the court to suspend the sentence under Order 50 Rule 4(1) and Rule 5 of the High Court (Civil Procedures) Rules, which deal with the suspension of an order and the discharge of a committed person, respectively.
Order 50 While Rule 5 (1) states that the court may discharge any person committed to prison for contempt of court, Rule 4(1) states that the court, which makes an order of committal, may direct that the execution of the order of committal shall be suspended for such period or on such other terms and conditions as it may specify.
Additionally, Mr. Amaning stated that his client had shown regret and had subsequently published her apologies to the
On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Ankamah granted the convict’s request and changed the jail term to 5000 punishment units.
She was also required to sign a 36-month good behavior bond by the court. Additionally, she was told not to speak out publicly about the issue while the bond was pending.
Any violation of the rules will result in her being brought back before the court, the court ordered.
The applicant deserved a second shot, the court ruled, given that she has expressed regret and apologized.
Afia Schwarzenegger and other critics, including United Television (UTV), were brought before the court by Chairman Wontumi after they made comments about a legal matter that was under consideration on the United Showbiz entertainment program, which was shown on UTV in July 2022.
Felicity Ama Agyeman, also known as Nana Ama Mcbrown, Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as Kwame A-Plus, and Emmanuel Barnes, also known as Mr. Logic, were three further violators who were each fined GH60,000 (5,000 penalty units), which they have since paid.
The court granted a pardon to a fourth person, Fadda Dickson Narh, an executive producer for UTV, after finding that he expressed regret before the issue was presented before it by making an apology on UTV.