Shatta Wale could end up in jail if he fails to pay a fine he has been handed today by an Accra Circuit Court.
Today, 29th June 2022, Shatta Wale through his counsel pleaded guilty to the publication of fake news on social media. This is in connection to his arrest in October 2021 after staged publicity to claim that he was shot.
After appearing in court several times, the Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Emmanuel Essandoh, has slapped the ‘Kaikai’ singer with a GHC2,000 fine for falsely claiming he was dead in October last year.
According to graphic.com.gh, the fine was handed to Shatta Wale today after he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. “Failure to pay the fine will result in Shatta Wale serving a term of three months in prison,” the website added.
The Ghanaian dancehall artiste has been appearing in court ever since his arrest in October 2021. Shatta Wale and three others were arrested after faking reports that he has been shot and rushed to an emergency ward.
However, the police followed the reports and realized the dancehall act was never admitted to any hospital in Accra. Later, Shatta claimed he faked the shooting incident to draw attention to a doom prophecy.
“The statement made by this false prophet has gotten me in a mood of violence since no one in this country cares. So the police of this country want to tell me none of them saw those threatening statements online to take action?” he asked.
“This pastor said 18th October Shatta Wale will be shot and you want to tell me you didn’t see from you cyber-crime department nor did u hear or came across anything like that online? If my life can be threatened and there is no law to take actions on that then I guess I will do what is right in the eyes of God”, Shatta Wale noted.
Regardless, he was arrested and charged for “publication of false news” yet he pleaded not guilty until today. Shatta Wale is now expected to pay his fine. The artiste has spoken on this new development yet.