Patricia Asiedua, aka Nana Agradaa, is the founder and leader of the Heaven Way Champion International Ministry at Weija in Accra. Her attorneys are requesting that the court modify the terms of their client's bail.
This was due to the accused's struggles to obtain civil servants making at least GH2,000 per month to serve as sureties.
When the case was called yesterday, her counsel, Paul Abariga, pleaded with the judge to exercise additional discretion and relax the bail requirements so that his client might obtain sureties for her release.
He indicated that the idea of obtaining civil servants as sureties was a drawn-out process and that the accused was having trouble fulfilling the requirements. He told the court that Agradaa would not flee and would abide to all court orders and appearances.
However, Agradaa is still being held by police until the adjourned date of today, November 11.
The court granted Agradaa, who was detained on October 9 of this year, bail in the amount of GH 50,000 with three sureties.
The three sureties for the bond must all be government employees making at least GH2,000 per month in order to comply with the bail requirements established by the court presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah.
She also had to go to the police station every Wednesday
She, however, entered a not guilty plea to one charge of charlatanic advertising and to six charges of defrauding by false pretense.
According to the state's top prosecutor, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sylvester Asare, the prosecution has not yet received the verdict regarding the acceptance of her bail sureties.
DSP Asare stated that even though the court registrar had cleared her sureties, more research and verification by the police were required before the bail could be approved.
The Controller and Accountant General's Department was supposed to provide the results by day's end, according to DSP Asare, who stated that the police were awaiting them.
The state prosecutor objected to the defense attorney's request for a bail variation, stating that a bail application was not one that should be made according to the convenience of the accused and that granting bail was about being just and not convenient.
He continued by saying that the attorney should properly request a bail variation from the appropriate authorities if they did, in fact, desire one.
"What the court did was just, and by the end of today, we will know the outcome of the document that is currently in the controller's possession. They should appear officially if they want a bail variation, he continued.
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