The arrest and remanding of Shatta Wale and Medikal because of social media posts show the awakening of a new dawn in the application of the rules of law in Ghana.
A private legal practitioner, Jerry John Asiedu, has advised Ghanaian celebrities to talk to their lawyers first before making statements on social media whenever they are in trouble to avoid incriminating themselves.
Jerry John Asiedu made this statement yesterday, 23rd October 2021, on 'THE BIG ISSUE' on CITI television when he gave his opinion on the arrest of Shatta Wale and Medikal by the Ghana Police Service.
According to Jerry John Asiedu, when something happens to celebrities in Ghana, they think that going to social media or their fans is the first place to go, but that's wrong.
Jerry John Asiedu indicated that when something happens, the first person these celebrities must talk to is their Lawyers, asking them if they are in trouble, and even the statement they will put out there, they should let their lawyers look at it.
He revealed that Shatta Wale incriminated himself by admitting in his statement that he knew and participated in putting up the stunts about him being shot.
Jerry John Asiedu stated that if you look at the things happening to Funny Face, the commentary he also gave was that somebody gave him a "weed" toffee. The consumption of it, which he later realized to be criminal. He shouldn't have made that statement at all.
So, our celebrities need to know that in this kind of circumstances, they need to talk to their lawyers first before making any statements.
"I am glad that Medikal has not made any statement since this matter came up. At least that gives his lawyer the remit to regulate what goes out there and what will go into the court."
He added that when the Police are arresting you, they will tell you, you have the right to remain silent because that is the best way to defend yourself until your lawyer comes in to defend you.
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