A GHANAIAN man who tried to sell forged passports was yesterday told by a judge not to fear isolation in a Hong Kong jail. District Court Judge Lugar-Mawson jailed Arhin Francis Nana, 37, for 18 months. Before sentencing, the judge assured Nana that he would not be lonely in prison because there were a number of Africans there. 'As a foreigner in Hong Kong, life for you in prison is difficult.' 'However, there are several Africans in Hong Kong prisons. You will not be alone there,' the judge said. David Tolliday-Wright, defending, said Nana committed the offences because he needed money for treatment of a cataract. The lawyer said the defendant, who has two children in Ghana, was the family's sole provider. Prosecutor Abdul Aziz Hoosen told the court that on November 29, 1995, Nana was placed under surveillance by Immigration Department officers in Chungking Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui. The officers searched his briefcase and found seven forged passports. Nana said a man called Jones told him he would be paid US$50 (HK$386) for each passport he sold. Judge Lugar-Mawson said he gave a discount for his guilty plea, poor medical condition and the fact that he was a foreigner. Nana pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to make or possess equipment for making a false instrument, two charges of possession of forged, false, unlawfully obtained or unlawfully altered travel documents and a charge of possession of equipment for making a false instrument. He denied a charge of conspiracy to forge a travel document and the Crown left it on the court file.