In 2016 President John Dramani Mahama took the not often utilized Presidential power of pardon and applied it to some NDC activists who had gotten themselves into trouble and landed in jail for contempt.
The infamous ‘Montie 3’ – Salifu ‘Mugabe’ Maase, Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson – were jailed by the Supreme Court of Ghana after a radio show in which they threatened violence against some of the justices.
After a petition was presented to him former President Mahama pardoned them, remitting the four month sentence to one month.
That sparked a legal challenge against the pardon, initiated by three Ghanaian lawyers and which went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Today the justices of the highest court of the land ruled on the case and declared that the pardon was legal and in line with the President’s powers.
The verdict was handed down in a 5-2 majority decision.