President John Mahama on Monday pardoned the Montie three who were jailed four months by the Supreme Court for contempt.
In a statement issued by the communications ministry, President Mahama said he had granted the pardon on compassionate grounds in consultation with the council of state.
Here are the top reactions to the development:
1. Law professor Stephen Kwaku Asare supports it
"While President John Dramani Mahama's remission of the unlawful sentence imposed on the Montie 3 comes several days later than justice requires, I fully welcome it and congratulate the President for arresting the Supreme Court's tyranny."
2. Legal practitioner Egbert Fabille Junior opposes it
"President Mahama has attacked the Judiciary in a most unacceptable manner with the remission of the sentences of the Montie 3. I do not see any difference between what he has done and what Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah did with his sacking of three Supreme Court Judges following the acquittal of Ako Adjei, Cofie Crabbe and Tawia Adamafio after the Kulungugu Treason Trial. Justice stands bastardised!"
3. Imani vice-president Kofi Bentil opposes
"A sad day..... no one should pretend the President is against insults and criminal libel. He has shown that he is the one fuelling the unacceptable language in our media."
4. NPP communications director Nana Akomea opposes it
“President Maham will regret this action; he has set a bad precedent by releasing the Montie three...if someone takes this issue to court, it could spark a constitutional crisis..."
5. Legal practitioner Samson Lardy Ayenini reacts to it
"Abeg, someone tell lawyer Maurice Ampaw to start his promised hunger strike plus suit. Biegya!"
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