The Trade and Industry minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, as well as former transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor have already visited the three contemnors in prison.
The visit is his gesture of solidarity with the contemnors. The Trade and Industry minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, as well as former transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor have already visited the three contemnors in prison.
The Montie three, Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase alias ‘Mugabe’ were sentenced to four months in prison by the Supreme Court following contempt proceedings against them.
The contempt proceedings came after the three threatened the Supreme Court judges who sat on the Abu Ramadan and Gary Nimako versus the Electoral Commission case.
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.
Lawyers for the three contemnors had already presented theirs to the presidency.
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.
Many are however of the view that the president will be violating the law and undermining the work of the judiciary if he gave in to the pressure mounting on him to grant the presidential pardon to the three Montie FM contemnors.