An Accra Circuit Court has granted popular radio talk show host, Blessed Godsbrain Smart, also known as Captain Smart, a Ghc 50,000 bail with two sureties for allegedly extorting $10,000 and GH¢50,000 from a businessman.
Captain Smart and another radio presenter, Eric Daniels Dadzie Copperfield, have been charged with two respective counts of extortion and abetment to extortion.
They appeared before the Court on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022 and were granted bail after they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Police prosecutors accused Captain Smart of allegedly threatening to expose a Ghanaian businessman for some shady dealings at the Tema Port and allegedly extorting the money from a Tema based businessman.
The other radio presenter, Copperfield, was also alleged to have received an amount of GH¢50,000 on behalf of Captain Smart when the said businessman went to deliver the money to Captain Smart.
Lawyer of Captain Smart, Mr. Martin Kpebu told the court that his client was an anti corruption crusader who had become a victim of the forces of corruption.
“When you fight corruption, corruption will fight you”, counsel submitted.
Mr. Kpebu stressed that his client was set up and made to look bad because of the work he is doing for mother Ghana.
According to him, the said amount being described by the prosecution as extortion was actually a gift he received from the said businessman.
“They are now turning round to say the money was extortion. This is entrapment,” he said.
He then prayed the court to grant his clients bail contending that they would always be available to stand trial.