Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson, the panelists of Accra-based Montie FM who reportedly threatened to kill judges, have been found guilty of contempt by the Supreme Court.
The court, presided over by Justice Sophia Akuffo, found the accused guilty of scandalising the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court and bringing it into disrepute, according to a report by myjoyonline.com.
The two were said to have threatened to kill Supreme Court judges if their ruling in the Abu Ramadan versus Electoral Commission (EC) case did not favour the commission.
“If this country collapses, we will start from the homes of those who say it should collapse. I’ve told you and God has also opened the way. These judges who are trying to put oxygen in the raging fire. I know all their houses, I know where the judges live in Accra here, I can show you. I know their quarters, the Supreme Court Judges, I also know the high court judges. If they dare, they should bring something, it will start in their residences, in their neighbourhoods.
“When we finish them, then it’s over, then we come and govern our country because they don’t wish this country well so they have to go; when we say farewell to them, then those of us who wish well for this country can hold on to the country and govern this country, so you, they should sit there and think because they are supreme court judges, they can do anything,” Alistair Nelson is quoted as saying on the radio programme.
In court, the two men begged for forgiveness, stressing that they did not know what they were doing.
Nelson said he had been under the influence of “kpokpogbligbli - a disease that is said to take over a person’s body and control what he says and does - when he made those remarks, according to a report by citifmonline.com.
The host of the show, Maase Salifu, popularly know as Mugabe, also claimed that his producer was not around that day to put him in check, the report said.
Quoting Mark 3:18, the lawyer for the owners of the radio station, Nana Ato Dadzie, pleaded with the court to pardon the panelists.
He said the conduct of the panelists was despicable, but the court should be merciful towards them, according to the myjoyonline.com report.
The case has been adjourned to July 27, 2016, for sentencing, while the contemnors have been given self-recognisance bail, the report said.