It appears the Montie 3 drama is far from being over as a fresh Montie 3 suit has been filed by a lawyer, challenging the pardon granted them by President Mahama.
The Regional President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in the Brong Ahafo Region, Alfred Tuah–Yeboah, has filed a suit praying court to reverse the remission of sentence granted the Montie trio.
The legal practitioner filed the Montie 3 suit on the grounds that the President’s prerogative of mercy power found under article 72 of the constitution, does not include convictions of contempt of court.
The trio who had already spent one month of their 4-month jail sentence, were released from prison last Friday, August 26 after a presidential pardon.
Three staff of Accra-based Montie FM; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and host of ‘pampaso’ programme, Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, got a four-month jail sentence from the Supreme Court, after they were found guilty of contempt charges.
This was after they threatened on radio to deal with Supreme court judges, if they made any judgement against the Electoral Commission in the case challenging the credibility of the voters’ register.
However, after much agitation against their sentence, coupled with two separate petitions asking Mahama to pardon the three, the President remitted the trio’s jail sentence, after consulting the Council of State.
However, Mahama came under severe criticism from a section of Ghanaians who believe the trio deserved to serve their jail sentence, having threatened the lives of men of the law.
Most people think that the President made a wrong political decision, as well as set an inappropriate standard for future governments.
In the light of the above reasoning, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah has filed a suit seeking a revocation of the pardon. He is praying court to declare the remission null and void, as well as have the trio sent back to jail to complete their remaining terms.
Yeboah also plans to question Mahama’s authority, as regards having powers to remit sentences including convictions of contempt.