The 16 accused persons who invaded the United Television (UTV) studios in Tesano in the Greater Accra Region on 7 October have been convicted and fined GHC2,400 each.
The Achimota district court ruled on Monday (16 October) that they risk three months imprisonment if they default in paying the fines.
The 16 who identified with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) delayed the airing of the popular show – United Showbiz – saying A Plus, real name Kwame Obeng Asare, who is a regular pundit on the show, has shown gross disrespect to the NPP by tearing apart on set a letter from the party raising concerns about the show.
According to the NPP, the programme has become political.
The accused persons pleaded guilty to the charge against them. They were, therefore, convicted on their own pleas and sentenced to a fine of 200 penalty units each which amounts to GHC2,400. They were also ordered by the court to sign a bond to be of good behaviour in default six months imprisonment.
A Plus, in reaction, said the letter was against the independence of the media and went on to rip his copy of the letter saying: “This letter is revolting because we have received calls from people threatening to collapse UTV United Showbiz,” reports Peacefmonline.com.
The leader of the group that invaded the studio on Saturday evening (7 October) said they want the popular highlife singer, A Plus, to apologise for his actions on air.
The police intervened and picked up 16 of the thugs.