Tell Mahama to get us out of jail - Montie trio instruct lawyers
The three have asked their lawyers to ask President Mahama to "exercise his powers of prerogative of mercy under Article 72 of the Constitution of Ghana.”
Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, and two panellists Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn in in prison for 4 months for threatening the lives of the Supreme Court justices.
A statement issued by George Loh and Nana Ato Dadziethe lawyers for the three said though they do not support the comments made by their clients, the sentence handed them is too harsh.
“We do admit some of the statements uttered by some of our clients are unacceptable. We nevertheless consider custodial sentence of four months imposed by the Supreme Court as being excessive and harsh.”
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Under Article 72 (1)(a-d) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the President of the Republic, may, acting in consultation with the Council of State, decide to exercise the Prerogative of Mercy or just grant amnesty to convicted people.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hannah Tetteh is one of the many people in the NDC who have described the punishment as harsh.
The Chairman of the governing NDC Kofi Portuphy also accused the Justices of gagging freedom of speech in a democratic country.
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