Montie FM saga Hanna Tetteh signs Montie trio petition

Earlier, media reports suggested that she had denied the petition, which has already seen the signatures of several ministers government appointees.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanna Tetteh has signed the petition for the release of the Montie FM trio.

A tweet from her on Tuesday stated: "Just so that my position no longer in doubt & its clear that I'm of the view that the sentence was harsh I'll be signing the petition today."

Earlier, media reports suggested that she had denied the petition, which has already seen the signatures of several ministers government appointees.

Read more: Mahama hands over Montie petitions to Council of State

Speaking on Viasat One TV on Monday evening, she argued that even though she believes the sentence handed the three was harsh, that will not force her to support calls for their release.

However, the MP for Assin Central has advised President John Mahama to pardon the jailed Montie contemnors after they have served two months of their sentence.

Kennedy Agyapong who recently came under public attack for accusing the Electoral Commission Chair of trading sex for her position believes the call for the immediate release of the three is hypocritical.

“Is the Chief Justice not a woman, let's call a spade a spade...if my comments were condemned, then those of the three should be condemned as well,” Mr. Agyapong said on Accra-based Adom FM.

See also: I will sign the petition – Hannah Tetteh

Some members of the public including lawyers for the three, Nana Ato Dadzie and George Loh, have described the sentence as “harsh”, and insisted that people must not be committed to prison for infractions on free expression especially in light of the repeal of the criminal libel law.

A petition book subsequently opened by pro-government group Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) gathered over 18 million signatories from government appointees including the deputy minister of Education in charge of Tertiary, Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare and the Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

The group presented the petition to the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, Thursday.

Meanwhile, the president has presented the petition presented by lawyers of the contemnors to the Council of State for their advice.

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