Court Dismissed Akuapem Poloo ‘s Appeal
The Ghanaian actress Akuapem Poloo, who was sentenced to 90 days in prison after posting a nūde photo of herself with her son on social media, will serve the remainder of her sentence.
After pleading guilty to the charges against her, a circuit court in Accra sentenced the movie star to three months in prison.
Her lawyers had filed an appeal, challenging the circuit court’s decision to sentence her to 90 days in prison on April 16.
The appeal was dismissed by a high court in Accra presided over by Ruby Aryeete on Wednesday.
“This court will not intervene, and thus the appeal is dismissed,” Aryeete concluded.
The circuit court decision was also upheld by the judge because it “was not manifestly excessive.”
Poloo’s child should be given to a relative to care for in the absence of the convict, according to Aryeete.
Poloo had previously been granted bail in the amount of Ghc80,000 (N5,372,976) with two sureties by an Accra high court.
Akuapem Poloo apologized for the photo, saying it was meant to encourage people to appreciate their mothers.
“We all know I’m an artist, and anything I post on my page is an artistic impression meant to reach out to people,” she had said.
“As a result, the photo I shared on my son’s birthday was just a work of art.” On my page, I’m not attempting to portray pornography. I’m not allowed to watch porn with my son. Because he’s my son, I always bath with him.
“I was attempting to send a message to children and adults who do not respect their parents, particularly their mothers.” Some people have parents who are irrational and unclothed, but don’t bother to clothe or care for them.
“What I was trying to say is that you should not run away from your parents, no matter how naked they are.” Close the distance between you and them and clothe them. Nakedness does not always imply the absence of clothing.
“I apologize if my post caused anyone any harm. I’d like to assure everyone that it was not done with malice in mind. Please accept my apologies.”
Bright Appiah, the Ghanaian director of Child Rights International, had demanded her prosecution in a petition, which resulted in her being summoned and detained by the police.
Following that, Akuapem Poloo was charged with obscene material publication and domestic violence.
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