Nana Asiama Hanson (Bulldog), manager of dancehall artiste Shatta Wale who is standing trial for allegedly murdering Fennec Okyere, a music producer has been granted bail Tuesday.
Bulldog, who is also the CEO of Bull Haus Entertainment, was picked up by police on May 15 in Kokomlemle, a suburb of Accra, as a prime suspect in the murder of Fennec Okyere who was murdered at his residence on March 13 by unknown assailants. The deceased was the manager of hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kesse.
ASP Joseph Benefoh Darkwa, the Public Relations Officer of the Police CID, had told Joy News Bulldog had sent threatening messages to Fennec prior to his death.
Bulldog made his first appearance in court on Monday, May 19 and was remanded into police custody to appear in court on June 2.
The prosecution asked permission to remand the suspect to enable the police continue with their investigations. According to the prosecution, his detention would go a long way to assist the police’s investigations due to the sensitive nature of the case.
But lawyer for Bulldog, Gary Nimako objected to calls for his client to be remanded in police custody.
He had argued that the charges leveled against his client – conspiracy to commit murder and committing murder – cannot hold because the prosecution has not been able to link his client to Fennec’s murder.
Lawyer for Bulldog confirmed to Myjoyonline.com that his client has been granted bail: “He (Bulldog) has been granted bail.”
Myjoyonline.com has gathered that, lawyers for Bulldog took the matter to the Human Rights Court after the District Magistrate Court refused to grant him bail on May 19.
The Human Rights Court granted him bail Tuesday on the basis that the facts as the police presented and upon which they were holding Bulldog are “speculative” and do not link him to the charges that have been preferred against him.
On that basis, the court ruled that, Bulldog deserves his freedom and should not have been held even for a day.
The police ought to have granted him police enquiry bail, the court added.