Rawlings denies making comments on the Montie FM case following rumours that he made a caricature of those pleading on behalf of the jailed panelists…
Former President John Jerry Rawlings has bluntly refuted claims that he made derogatory remarks against persons pushing for the release of the three convicted panelists of Montie FM. According to the former President, he has not even made any comment on the Montie FM issue since it broke out.
Following the four-month jail term pronounced by the Supreme Court on the Montie FM contemnors, lots of comments have been made by various groups and individuals. Some are of the opinion that the three do not deserve such a stringent punishment, hence, should be released. On the contrary, some others are of the opinion that the judge’s pronouncement on them is rather lenient, and therefore strictly against the pleas being made on their behalf.
However, several prominent members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have signed a petition book opened in the quest to get Mahama intervene in the Montie trio’s predicament. The said petition book was opened by the Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) which was set up in the bid to persuade the president to use his prerogative of mercy in accordance with Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution to grant pardon to the contemnors.
NDC supporters whose signatures are already in the book include, Deputy Education Minister in charge of tertiary; Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa; Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit, Valerie Sawyerr; Minster of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman; Public Relations Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Numo Blafo; founder of the Ghana Freedom Party, Akua Donkor and Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur.
Meanwhile, reports from unfounded sources broke out on social media few days ago, alleging that former president Rawlings was making a mockery of the petition book signatories. According to the reports, Jerry Rawlings said the persons are besieged with psychiatric disorders and should be sent to the Ridge Psychiatry Hospital for medical checks.
However, Rawlings denies making comments of such sort, saying that he has not even said anything as regards the Montie FM issue. He therefore made it clear that all the alleged comments supposedly made by him on social media are false and totally fabricated.