Montie Saga Mahama should pardon Montie 3, but... - Kennedy Agyapong

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.

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MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong

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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.

He said: “They [Supreme Court judges] have made a clear point that you cannot threaten them and go scot-free…even if they handed them a day's prison sentence, they have taught the Montie three that they are not above the law,” he indicated.

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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.

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.

Lawyers for the three contemnors had already presented theirs to the presidency.

Many are however of the view that the president will be 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.

Meanwhile, President John Dramani Mahama has presented to the Council of State petitions he received in respect of the jailed Montie three contemnors for advice.

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