This Is Why ‘Montie 3’ Might Go Back To Jail

The Supreme Court is considering a suit demanding the re-arrest of three NDC supporters whose three months jail term for contempt, was cut short by a presidential pardon.

Former President John Mahama granted a remission of the sentences of the Montie trio; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase, after they were found to be in contempt of the Supreme Court in July of 2016.

It seems the three might go back to prison because the Executive Secretary to President Akufo-Addo thinks it was unconstitutional for them to receive pardon.

Montie 3

Nana Asante Bediatuo, who is the Executive Secretary to President Akufo-Addo is convinced that the presidential pardon granted the three was unconstitutional.

He has said the president has the power to pardon people convicted for criminal offences but does not have same to pardon convicts for criminal contempt.

The hearing of the case has began at the Supreme Court on Thursday.  The apex court has granted a request by the Attorney General’s Department to be given 7 days to file a response to the three separate suits filed in September 2016.

After the Attorney-General files a response within seven days, the court registrar is expected to set a date for the hearing of the case.

Fosua Amagyei who is counsel for  Nana Asante Bediatuo, told Joy News “if the courts find our case favourable, they should go back to prison and continue where they left off”.


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