President John Dramani Mahama has defended his decision to grant remission to the convicted Montie three contemnors by describing it as an act within the confines of the constitution.
Speaking in a one and one interview with Paul Adom-Otchere on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, President Mahama reiterated that he swore an oath to defend the constitution when he was elected as the president of Ghana and so he ensured that due process was followed before he activated his powers as enshrined in Article 72 of the constitution.
He added that he wondered why people wanted the contemnors to serve the full sentence after they had purged themselves, apologised and even retracted the statements before they were sentenced.
“I think that the overriding consideration must be that all arms of government must act constitutionally, I swore an oath on the 7th of January 2013 to abide by the constitution and so every action I take must be in consonance with the constitution.
“The young men were called before the Supreme Court for contempt and even before they were called before the court, they apologised and shown remorse, before the court also, they apologised. They asked for mitigation before the court, retracted and even after they were sent to jail they apologised again.
“….I don’t know what interest it will serve anyone the three extra months they would have served there. 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.”