General secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, and the national chairman, Mr Kofi Portuphy, have joined the list of NDC stalwarts and government appointees who have paid visit to the Montie trio as they serve their four-month term at the Nsawman prison in the Eastern Region.
Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the party’s director of elections was also part of the delegation that made the visit.
Host of the ‘Pampamso’ show on Accra-based Montie FM’s Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe and two other panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, were sentenced to four months imprisonment by the Supreme Court in July for contemptuous comments they made against the Chief Justice and other Justices of the Supreme Court. They were also fined GHc10, 000 each as part of the Judgement.
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Members of the ruling NDC have protested over the judgement calling it too “harsh” and could stifle media freedom. Other top officials in government and leading party members have signed a petition asking the president to grant the three contemnors pardon.
The petition has since been forwarded to the council of state for further consultation. Top government officials who have since visited the trio in prison include the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekow Spio Garbrah and the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor among others.