Friends and family of jailed Dr Ali Gabass are calling on President John Mahama to issue a presidential pardon for the incarcerated doctor.
The former Medical Director of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Ali Gabass was sentenced to a jail term of 25 years after he was found guilty of sodomising a sixteen-year-old senior high school boy.
However, a petition has been started by one Dr Fiifi Brakatu, calling on the president to find compassion and pardon the jailed doctor. Dr Brakatu, Bernard Fifi, is a healthcare practitioner, specialising as a Surgeon, in Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana.
In the petition, he stated, "Dr Ali Gabass, human as he is, has made mistakes in his life, one of which has landed him in jail. We believe his punishment thus far, has served the purpose of not only correcting him but will also deter others from committing a similar offence. Dr Ali Gabass is certainly not above the laws of our dear nation and deserves to be treated like any other citizen.
His actions deserve total condemnation by any well-meaning citizen. However, we believe that his past contribution to society, particularly by serving diligently as a medical doctor who performed countless bloodless surgeries at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Sekondi, significantly helped in reducing the maternal mortality ratio within the western region of Ghana.
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We believe his skills as a medical practitioner could even be employed to the benefit of the various facilities at the Ghana Prisons Service which has for years been plagued with a dearth of medical professionals.
This will certainly inure to the interests of society. We, therefore, implore the President, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, to activate Article 72 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana and grant Dr Sulley Ali Gabass a presidential pardon or a remittance of the 25-year sentence imposed on him, on account of his offence. We do pray on the President to grant this petition some consideration for the sake of the remorseful doctor and the benefit of the good people of Ghana."