The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon Constituency, Honourable Nii Amasa Naamoale has revealed that President John Dramani Mahama has rejected the petition presented to him by lawyers for the convicted Montie trio on behalf of their clients to invoke Article 72 of the Constituency by granting them pardon.
Speaking on Wednesday morning on Badwam on Adom TV, the MP who confirmed he had also signed the petition for their release said the trio are likely to serve the entire duration of their sentence since he is reliably informed that the President has rejected the petition.
According to him, the conviction of Salifu Maase, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn in an era where the criminal libel law has been repealed and freedom of speech is a guaranteed principle under our constitution can be described as “murder of freedom of speech”.
As part of efforts to put pressure on the President to invoke Article 72 of the Constitution to grant clemency to the Montie 3, the trio yesterday petitioned the president for pardon.
The Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) has also collected over 100,000 signatures for the same purpose.