I wouldn’t bet against the fact that it’s the delusion of many of our Ghanaian celebrities which somewhat makes them feel they do not live within a legal jurisdiction and as such they can do whatever they want. Let’s hope I am right on this because the alternative plausible answer is that; most of they are just STUPID.
And I do not see Kwaw Kese being granted bail anytime soon or the court tempering justice with mercy to his favour if the so many powerless celebrities do not stop their antics, comments and social media attacks on the judiciary—allowing them to do their jobs.
By precedent and per the punishment stipulation, Kwaw’s alleged crime can fetch him up to 10 years in prison and if by now these so called celebrity friends have not realized it’s not some sort of a misdemeanour which can be washed away by their hogwash, then they are in for a bigger shock. And at the end of it all, it’s Kwaw who would have to suffer for their indirect contempt and unwanted support which bring no real pressure to bear on the judiciary.
You do not have to be a legal brainer to realize that, you do not start a social media campaign to free a person who has committed an alleged crime that is on the statute book—just because the person is some deluded celebrity.
The free ‘whatever campaigns’ come into force and have the tendency to bring change when an alleged crime is under contention, when the law is deemed as unjust in a particular instance or when an arrest/detention does not follow the rule of law or due process.
You do not gather a bunch of people on social media to try and pressure the judiciary into freeing someone when the law is well established, uncontested and unjust. And your celebrity friends cannot make any real impact in seeking your release by just loosely talking on radio or randomly visiting you in jail.
If these people do not know this; let me point it out to them that the old boys club-the judiciary hates this sort of immature intimidation and the more it continues, the more the judge will seek to define the borders by letting everyone know that he is in charge, with the power to set free or do otherwise.
There can be effective lobbying to secure a quick trial or a lenient sentence for any arrested person especially if the person is a celebrity, but that must be done right—free from indirect intimidation, childishness and contempt of court. You do not lobby by gathering a bunch of celebrities to attend a court hearing, especially when the judge may not even know any of these people—or does not care about their status; that is if any of them even have an ascertainable status.
Anyway, Kwaw Kese has been remanded in jail to reappear in Court on December 22 in Kumasi for allegedly smoking a controlled substance-weed. And if his celebrity friends do not stop their unnecessary running around—and real effective lobbying does not come to play, he will be thrown in jail for a very long time.
There is a clear distinction between mitigation and intimidation—the former is a legal principle, the latter is for a bunch of deluded powerless people calling themselves celebrities.