The Petitions for the release of the jailed Montie trio has been presented by President John Mahama to the Council of State. The Montie 3 petitions were presented by the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah on behalf of the President.
According to reports, lawyers for the trio, and Civil Society Group, Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP), presented the petitions at the presidency.
Mr Debrah who presented the Montie 3 petitions to the Chairperson of the Council of State, Madam Cecilia Johnson, said the President is looking forward to the advice of the Council.
Radio talk host Salifu Maase, aka ‘Mugabe’, and panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, were jailed for four months for contempt. This was after they threatened on radio to kill supreme Court Judges, who ruled that the Electoral Commission should delete names of NHIS registrants from the voters’ register.
Agitations from High profile personalities especially from the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), who described the judgement as very harsh, led to the emergence of the Montie 3 petitions. The trio in question who have shown remorse for their actions, also petitioned the president to grant them pardon.
The two petitions; one from the trio, and the other from the Research and Advocacy Platform, have now been presented to the council of state.
The petitions are aimed at persuading Mahama to grant the trio a presidential pardon according to Article 72 of Ghana’s constitution. The Chairperson of the council Cecilia Johnson has said that the petitions will be submitted to the Legal Committee of the Council for initial review before the Council as a whole meets to consider the issues.
Meanwhile, government officials have been visiting the Montie trio who are at the Nsawam prisons, to know how they have been faring since their incarceration.