President John Mahama has opened up on why he sanctioned the release of the Montie three who jailed four months by the Supreme Court for contempt.
President Mahama controversially freed Montie FM presenter Salifu Maase, aka, ‘Mugabe’ and panellists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, just a month into their sentence, drawing condemnation from a section of the public.
But in an interview on Metro TV which was broadcast on Tuesday, he said he freed the three men in the interest of Ghanaians.
According to him, the Montie had apologised for their conduct even before they went to court. He said they apologised to the judges in court and even apologised after the court had jailed them.
He said he did not see the need for them to spend the remaining three months in jail and so he decided to grant them pardon in line with the constitution and in consultation with the Council of State.
“I did exactly what the Constitution wanted me to do. I consulted the Council of State, and they recommended that I activated my powers under Article 72, and that is what I did. And so I think that I acted in the interest of the state,” he said.
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