As a gesture of solidarity with the contemnors, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio visits Montie FM trio, who were sentenced to four months in prison.
The jailed Montie FM trio have continued to get more supporters among prominent people in the society since their incarceration. As a gesture of solidarity with the contemnors, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio visits Montie FM trio who were sentenced to four months in prison. The minister and his crew paid them a visit at the Nsawam Prisons where they are currently serving their jail term. His visit follows that of former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor, who had earlier visited the three alongside Women for Mahama group.
The three 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 the names of NHIS registrants from Ghana’s electoral roll.
Following their incarceration, there have been agitations from top government officials especially of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who described the jail sentence as harsh. Following their agitations, several ministers and high ranking officials of the NDC, have signed a petition aimed at persuading President Mahama to grant them a presidential pardon.
In their petition, they urged Mahama to exercise his prerogative of mercy powers under Article 72 of the 1992 constitution on the trio’s behalf. Some of the NDC high ranking officials who have signed the petition include the Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, and Tourism Minister Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare among others.
The Montie trio have also written a joint letter to the President asking for pardon. In their letter; they expressed huge remorse for their actions, explaining that they got carried away with the progress of the show, and never meant to harm anybody.