Montie Saga Montie 3 have every right to ask for pardon - Amnesty International

The group believes the trio have every right to petition the President to invoke his powers of mercy and get them released from prison.

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Alistair Nelson (top left), Godwin Ako Gunn (R) and Salifu Masse (bottom left) play

Alistair Nelson (top left), Godwin Ako Gunn (R) and Salifu Masse (bottom left)

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International human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, has added its voice to calls for a presidential pardon for the jailed Montie three if they show genuine repentance for their actions.

The group believes the trio have every right to petition the President to invoke his powers of mercy and get them released from prison.

“We believe that they can ask for a pardon and when that pardon is given we will accept it. The President has that prerogative of mercy to pardon people who are put into prison. If we believe that these people have realized their faults and are pleading for mercy, we will encourage the president to look at that if it is within his power to pardon them,” the country Director for Amnesty International, Lawrence Amesu told Accra-based Citi FM.

READ ALSO: Full document: Montie 3 petition to President Mahama

He added that “Pardoning them does not mean that you are giving way for people to commit more crimes. Many people are going to take a cue from this. At Amnesty, particularly for death penalties, we do fight for their rights even if they are in prison. If people commit crimes, it does not mean that the president or any other arm of government should not pardon them.”

The jailed 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.

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.

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