Montie FM presenter Salifu Maase, aka, ‘Mugabe’ and panellists Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, have been jailed by the Supreme Court for four months for contempt.
They had reportedly threatened to kill judges who ruled that the Electoral Commission should delete the names of 53,000 NHIS cards registrants from the voters register.
Here are top five reactions to their sentencing:
1. The NDC condemned it
“While respecting the verdict of the court and reiterating our condemnation of the utterances and comments made by the three, the party is extremely disappointed and saddened by the severity and harshness of the punishments imposed on them," the party said in a statement signed by its chairman, Kofi Portuphy.
2. Montie 3 lawyers condemned it
Lawyers Nana Ato Dazie and George Loh described the sentence as “harsh and excessive”, stressing that Ghanaians must not be committed to prison for infractions on free expression especially in light of the repeal of the criminal libel law.
3. Sam Okudzeto applauded the decision
“I understand they were given four months sentence. If I were there I would have given them much longer,” the former Ghana Bar Association president said.
4. Prof. Stephen Kweku Asare condemned it
“Even someone who commits mass murder is entitled to a fair trial at a trial defended by competent lawyers and guaranteed an appellate process.
It is abuse of judicial power for the court to act as its own prosecutor, police, investigator, juror and judge in a barbaric trial that has no appellate process and that sends a man to jail for 4 months,” he said.
5. Arthur Kennedy condemned it
"Impartiality is a central tenet of impartial justice. Regardless of how one feels about the Muntie panelists and the others, the judges of the Supreme Court were not impartial in this case. By acting as prosecutors and judges in a case involving threats to their lives, they dealt a big blow to impartial justice in our country," he said.
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