- The Supreme Court of Ghana has upheld the pardon granted the ‘Montie 3’ by former president Mahama
- The three were jailed and fined for threatening some judges of the Supreme Court ahead of the 2016 elections
- Three legal practitioners filed a petition to challenge Mahama’s pardon which has been overturned by the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has upheld the pardon granted to the “Montie 3” by then President John Dramani Mahama in 2016.
This followed a petition filed by three Ghanaian legal practitioners challenging Mahama’s pardon granted the ‘Montie 3’.
The said legal practitioners reportedly filed the petition against the Attorney General (A-G) to challenge the constitutional right of the former president granting the pardon.
But the Supreme Court has finally upheld Mahama’s pardon, thus, freeing the Montie 3.
The decision was reached on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the Supreme Court.
Other members of the panel were Justices Jones Dotse, Anim Yeboah, A. A. Benin, Yaw Appau, Gabriel Pwamang and Baffoe Bonnie, as reported by Myjoyonline.com.
The ‘Montie 3’, made up of Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson, and Ako Gunn were jailed for contempt of court in 2016.
They had threatened to rape the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood and kill other judges who sat on a case brought against the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of election 2016.
By presiding over the case brought against the EC, the three said the judges wanted to foment trouble in the country and that if the 2016 elections turned violent, they knew the homes of judges and would “finish them”.
Their comments were severely condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians and were later hauled before the judges to answer why they should not be held liable for contempt.
The three, together with the directors of the radio station, Montie FM, and the owner pleaded guilty to the charges of contempt and were duly sentenced on July 27, 2016.
Apart from the four-month jail term, the three were each slapped with GH¢10,000 cedis fine.
Three of the FM’s directors also had to pay GH¢10,000 each while the owner was fined GH¢30,000 cedis.
Meanwhile, one of the ‘Montie 3’, Godwin Ako-Gun, has been elected as deputy communications officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
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