Legal practitioner Maurice Ampaw has threatened to go on a hunger strike, should President Mahama pardon the Montie trio who were jailed for contempt. Mr Ampaw has also said he would stop practising for one year in addition to the hunger strike.
The Montie trio, made up of two radio panelists; Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, and show host; Salifu Maase were sentenced to four months in prison, after they threatened on radio to kill Judges of the Supreme Court. Following their incarceration, there have been agitations from members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who have considered the judgement very harsh.
Their agitations led to the emergence of a petition asking the president to invoke his powers of pardon under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution. The said petition which has amassed a lot of signatures from prominent members of the ruling party, has been sent by Mahama to the Council of State for advice.
But Maurice Ampaw had decided to join a section of those who oppose the petition for the trio’s release. Speaking on Joy News, he urged Mahama not to pardon the Montie 3. He then went further to threaten to go on a hunger strike, as well as cease practice for one year, should Mahama pardon the Montie 3. He also added that he would campaign against the President’s second term bid in the upcoming elections.
Maurice Ampaw explained that Mahama would be undermining the powers of the Supreme Court Judges, if he exercises his prerogative of mercy powers on the trio’s behalf. For that reason, he also said he would incite the Judiciary against the President, and call on them to embark on a sit-down strike if the three contemnors are pardoned.