The four-month jail sentence given by the presiding judge to the contemnors in the Montie FM contempt case, has not gone down well among the lawyers of the Montie squad.
George Loh and Nana Ato Dadzie, lawyers for the three have said they will send a petition to President Mahama to exercise his prerogative power of mercy on them.
The trio, host of Montie FM’s ‘Pampaso’ political show, Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, and two panelists, Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn, were sentenced by the Supreme court after they were found guilty of contempt.
They were cited for contempt in court after they threatened on radio to kill the judges over their handling of the suit on the credibility of the voters’ register.
In a statement issued by the lawyers, they described the sentence by court as “harsh and excessive”. Though they admitted the comments made by them were unacceptable, they maintained the judgement was rather too severe.
Part of the statement reads;
“We also do not believe that citizens of Ghana ought to be committed to prison for infractions on free expression especially in light of the repeal of the criminal libel law”
If the Montie lawyers petition Mahama eventually, it will consequently put the President on a hot seat, as his decision could stir up controversy among various stakeholders.
There have been massive backlash from some stakeholders against the Judiciary following the judgement. Many have said the Judges were too harsh on the three, and may have infringed their right to expression.
More so, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have massively condemned the 4-month jail term given to the contemnors.
The party in a statement said that such harsh verdict by court, “sends an unfortunate impression about Ghana, its judiciary and severely dents our enviable reputation as a beacon of democracy on the African continent and beyond.”
Also according to reports, supporters of the ruling party intend marching to the party’s headquarters in Accra in protest apex court’s judgement.