The Montie 3 were released earlier today, Friday, August 26 from the Akuse prisons. Soon after the Montie 3 release, the trio expressed their profound gratitude to President Mahama for granting them pardon, and remitting their jail sentence. After much deliberations, Mahama decided to exercise his prerogative of mercy powers, by remitting the four-month jail sentence dished out by the Supreme Court to the three Montie FM panelists.
The trio; host of the ‘Pampaso’ show, Mugabe, and two panelists, Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Akoo Gunn, were sentenced to four months in Prison by the apex court, after they were found guilty of criminal contempt. This was after they threatened on radio to kill Supreme Court Judges, over their handling of the case on the credibility of the voters’ register.
The trio, in a petition, had expressed remorse over the comments they made against the judges on radio. Begging for pardon, they had also pleaded with the President to consider the embarrassment their incarceration has caused their families. After much agitations from their supporters, most of whom were key members of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mahama remitted the sentence. This was after they have served one month.
The host of the ‘Pampaso’ show on Accra-based radio station Montie FM, Salifu Maase, alias ‘Mugabe’ has expressed his appreciation to Mahama for granting them pardon. While addressing supporters gathered to welcome them back, Mugabe also thanked the Council of State for their role in the release. The trio have also expressed their gratitude to God for keeping them safe while they were still behind bars. They also thanked Ghanaians for their prayers and support throughout the time of their incarceration.
The three as well rendered sincere apologies to the Chief Judge once again, while cautioning their fellow media personalities to be careful with their utterances so as to avoid landing themselves in similar precarious situation from which they have just been freed. As for them, they will never again indulge in acts that could land them in the suffering they went through in the past one month: “Never again, never again, never again”, Mugabe who spoke on the trio’s behalf reiterated.
Below are some of the photos captured during the emotional moments soon after the Montie 3 release.