Lawyers representing the so-called ‘Montie 3’ have revealed that they intend to petition the President, John Dramani Mahama, to pardon the three and commute their sentences.
Panelists Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, as well as show host Salifu ‘Mugabe’ Maase, were each handed four month jail sentences after being found guilty of contempt for insulting and threatening the lives of Supreme Court justices.
The NDC has been outraged by the decision, and Radio and TV Gold, as well as Montie, shut down in solidarity with the jailed.
Lawyers for the trio, George Loh and Nana Ato Dadzie, have revealed that their clients have instructed them to seek presidential pardons. The lawyers describe the sentence as harsh, and reflects a crackdown on freedom of speech.
“We do admit some of the statements uttered by some of our clients are unacceptable. We nevertheless consider custodial sentence of four months imposed by the Supreme Court as being excessive and harsh.” the statement read in part.
“We also do not believe that citizens of Ghana ought to be committed to prison for infractions on free expression especially in light of the repeal of the criminal libel law. Our clients have directed us in circumstances to petition His Excellency the President of the Republic to exercise his powers of perogative of mercy under Article 72 of the Constitution of Ghana.” it added.
For such a politically charged case, the President would be foolish to touch it with a hundred foot pole. Being John Dramani Mahama though, we all know he doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and he just might do it for the fun of it. He’s a dead goat, afterall.