Montie 3 I almost threw my sandals at judges - Alistair Nelson

He said he intended doing so because he already knew they would be jailed considering the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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One of the released Montie three, Alistair Nelson, has said that he wanted to throw his sandals at the judges when they appeared before the Supreme Court but was stopped by their lawyers.

He said he intended doing so because he already knew they would be jailed considering the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“...I’d wanted to throw my sandals at the judges when we went to the court that day because I knew we would be jailed but my lawyer advised me not to and when we were sentenced, and sent to the prison, my life changed completely,” he told Accra-based Adom FM.

“I have been reformed so much that even if someone slaps me on my left cheek, I would turn the other side for the person to slap me again”, he added.

The president, on Monday, August 22, 2016, freed the three men.

READ ALSO: Montie 3 Remission: What this means to Ghana’s democracy

A statement signed by the Communications Minister Dr Omane Boamah said the decision was taken on the advice of the Council of State and was on compassionate grounds.

The Montie three, Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase alias ‘Mugabe’ were sentenced to four months in prison by the Supreme Court following contempt proceedings against them.

The contempt proceedings came after the three threatened the lives of Supreme Court judges who sat on the Abu Ramadan and Gary Nimako versus the Electoral Commission case.

A petition book was subsequently opened by pro-government group Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) to collect signatures of Ghanaians to implore the president to exercise his prerogative of mercy powers to free the three contemnors.

READ ALSO: Montie 3 "Never again, we have learned our lesson" - Montie 3 speak

After spending 27 days in jail, the three can now heave a sigh of relief as the president has given them remission.

The decision has not gone down well with some sections of the public, who believe that the authority of the Judiciary is being undermined.

Meanwhile, a legal practitioner based in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region has filed a suit challenging President Mahama’s decision to remit the sentence of the Montie 3.

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