International human rights group Amnesty International has expressed support for the petition that seeks to get president John Mahama to grant a pardon to the Montie 3 in line with Article 72 of the constitution.
The country Director for Amnesty International, Lawrence Amesu, told Accra-based Citi FM that the president has the power to grant such a petition.
“We believe that they can ask for a pardon and when that pardon is given we will accept it. The President has that prerogative of mercy to pardon people who are put into prison. If we believe that these people have realized their faults and are pleading for mercy, we will encourage the president to look at that if it is within his power to pardon them,”
"If we believe that these people have realized their faults and are pleading for mercy, we will encourage the president to look at that if it is within his power to pardon them,” Mr Amesu said.
The petition book has already been received by Chief of Staff Julius Debrah on behalf of the president.
High-profile personalities who signed the petition include Education Minister Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang and Gender Minister Nana Oye Lithur.
The Montie 3, Salifu Maase, aka, ‘Mugabe’ and Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, were 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.