Last week Ghanaian actress and social media personality, Rosemond Brown, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo was sentenced to 90 days in prison.
Though she is to serve 90 days in prison, she was actually given a three 90-day sentences that would be served concurrently.
Her lawyer, Andrew Vortia has indicated that he would appeal Akuapem Poloo’s sentencing.
However, there is no indication that the appeal would help to get Akuapem Poloo out of prison before serving the full term of her sentence.
The Ghana Creative Industry has started a petition to secure a presidential pardon for Akuapem Poloo.
The petition is to secure 25,000 signatures to present it to the president and secure a presidential statement on the issue.
“Over the last week and images resurfaced of the artist from the artist Akuamep Poloo and her six-year-old son,” the petition said.
“The image is one of creative license and is not a criminal matter. We the creative industry of Ghana are appalled at the judicial system’s decision to jail Miss Paloo” it added.
“We are calling on the president of the 4th Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pardon this young single mother who can be blamed for perhaps poor judgement but in no shape or form deserves incarceration,” the petition said.
A presidential pardon is the action of the President of Ghana that completely sets aside the punishment for a crime.
A pardon is one form of the clemency power of the president, the others being commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve.
A person may decide not to accept a pardon, in which case it does not take effect.
If President Akufo-Addo grants Akuapem Poloo a pardon, she would not serve her sentence but she would still be an ex-convict.
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