Reminding His Excellency of their young families who have been extremely embarrassed and devastated by the incident, the jailed Montie trio cry out profusely to Mahama to come to their rescue!
What seemed to be a joke for the Montie host and panelists have turned out to be a very gruesome experience. Had the Montie FM trio known that this would be the outcome of that day’s ‘Pampaso’ show, they would not have held it at all.
Salifu Maase (Mugabe), Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn who are currently serving a four-month jail term at the Nsawam Major Prison have written to the Presidency, asking for presidential pardon.
Absolutely regretting and apologising for their misconduct, the jailed Montie trio cry out to the President, explaining that they were carried away with the progress of the show, and never meant to harm anybody.
Jailed Montie Trio Cry Out to Mahama in a Jointly Written Petition.
1. We made certain statements about the Honourable Chief Justice and some Justices of the Supreme Court which, after reflection, were most unfortunate and regrettable.
2. We concede that the statements should not have been made at all, and, indeed, we never intended to harm anybody.
3. We, in subsequent broadcasts, expressed remorse and rendered unqualified apologies for our statements.
4. We CONTINUE to express remorse and apology for the statements we made.
5. We, the Petitioners, admitted our guilt FOR scandalizing the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court; and bringing the authority of the court into disrepute. And we apologized for our conduct, and pleaded for mercy and forgiveness. We also pleaded for leniency.
6. The court, however, convicted us and, despite our plea for leniency and obvious show of remorse, sentenced each of us to four (4) months imprisonment, together with a fine of GHc 10,000.00 each or in default a further term of 1 month.
7. We have since paid the fines and are currently serving our prison terms at the Nsawam Medium Security prison.
8. We admit that our statements were unguarded, but we plead that the sentence is harsh and excessive.
9. We humbly reiterate that we never intended to harm anybody.
We humbly petition Your Excellency, the President of the Republic, to exercise your prerogative of mercy under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution. We are law-abiding citizens of this dear country of ours who were contributing to topical issues of the day, but, unfortunately, got carried away.
In petitioning Your Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, to exercise your prerogative of mercy, we humbly ask you also to please take into consideration the fact that we have young families who have been embarrassed and devastated by our unfortunate conduct and our subsequent incarceration.
Your humble Petitioners have been completely devastated by both the severity and harshness of the custodial sentences together with the fines.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Montie FM contempt case has so far raised unimaginable dust in the country. While many are of the opinion that the punishment is too severe and therefore supporting pleas for a presidential pardon, some others are of contrary views, strictly advising the president against heeding the calls for pardon.
Those who are strongly opposing the Montie trio’s release have gone ahead to form a campaign group tagged, “Stand with Chief Justice Wood”. Some legal practitioners have also hinted that there may not be any constitutional provision for Mahama to grant pardon to the prisoners.
Many prominent Ghanaians, most of whom are NDC supporters have described the punishment meted out to the Montie 3 as harsh. In order to persuade the President to use his prerogative of Mercy powers to pardon the convicted radio personalities, a petition book has been opened. The said petition book which saw numerous distinguished personalities sign it has reportedly been submitted to the presidency.
Several protests and vigils have been held by NDC loyalists over the trio’s detention. They have also threatened to withhold their votes for the president should he pay deaf ears to their pleas. We’ll certainly keep you updated with latest developments on the matter.
Meanwhile, as the jailed Montie trio cry out to Mahama, should they be pardoned, or do you think they deserve their punishments? Please, let’s hear you at the comment session.