President John Dramani Mahama has in consultation with the Council of State invoked Article 72 of the Constitution by granting mercy to the three Montie contemnors.
According to a statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the remission which is in accordance with the Constitution takes effect from August 26, 2016.
“The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has, in consultation with the Council of State and in exercise of his constitutional powers under Article 72 of the Constitution, remitted the remaining prison sentence imposed on three persons:
“Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson and Ako Gunn who were sentenced to 4 months imprisonment and a fine of GHȻ10,000.00 each for contempt of court. The remission is effective 26th August 2016″.
The statement added that the decision to grant the mercy was on compassionate grounds considering the fact that the contemnors had expressed total remorse and regret for their actions and appealed to him for clemency.
It also charged Ghanaians to be mindful of their utterances and show respect to all state institutions in order preserve the relative in the country .
“The decision of His Excellency the President to remit their sentences on compassionate grounds follows a petition submitted to him by the contemnors appealing to the President to exercise his prerogative of mercy even as they continue to express deep remorse and regret for the unacceptable statements they made against the Judiciary.
“His Excellency, President Mahama takes this opportunity to remind all Ghanaians of the need to respect the institutions of State and exercise freedom of speech responsibly mindful of the need to preserve peace and national unity”.
The Supreme Court slapped a four month jailed term on Montie FM’s talk show host, Salifu Maase and two panelists Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn for scandalizing the court.
The court also awarded a Gh¢10,000 fine against each of the contemnors, default of which will attract another one month prison term.
But lawyers for the contemnors described the sentence as harsh and excessive and petitioned the President for clemency.