Ghana: Phone repairer jailed after posting woman’s nudes

Ghana: Phone repairer jailed after posting woman’s nudes

A phone repairman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison in Ghana after posting nude photos of a Lebanese woman on social media against her will.

Solomon Doga, 22, was convicted in a court in the Adenta suburb of Accra after pleading guilty to charges of sexual extortion and non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

State Prosecutor Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyo told the court the young man was contracted to unlock the phone of the Lebanese woman based in Accra.

In the process, Doga accessed and retrieved her intimate photos illegally.

The young man later attempted to blackmail her, threatening to publicise her nude photos unless she paid him an undisclosed amount of money, but she did not comply and blocked him.

Doga subsequently published her naked photos on social media leading to his arrest and incarceration.

Ghana’s new cybersecurity laws, brought in two years ago, have criminalised the publication of nudes for either revenge or blackmail purposes with a jail term of between five and 25 years.

This sentencing heralds a new era for the West African state which is using its laws to crackdown on the recent surge in revenge pornography and blackmail.

With BBC

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