Montie 3 Mahama's pardon could be reviewed at Supreme Court - Ace Ankomah

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.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

President John Mahama’s decision to grant remission to the Montie three could be challenged by an application for review at the Supreme Court, Private Legal Practitioner, Ace Anan Ankomah has said.

According to him, the president’s use of his prerogative of mercy, in this case, has provided a legal opportunity for clarity on the exercise of the Article 72 powers granted by the constitution.

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

READ ALSO: Montie 3 Pardon Mahama has shown he is president for NDC - Ayikoi Otoo

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

A Member of the Council of State, the body which advised President John Mahama to free the Montie three, has dared anyone who disagrees with their decision to go to court for redress.

Ace Ankomah subsequently argues that the exercise of the President’s Article 72 powers had to be tested “against the standard for the exercise of all constitutional donated powers. The exercise must be fair, it must be exercised in a candid manner, it must not be capricious, arbitrary or based on bias.”

“Every power that is donated by the constitution is not absolute and that if the test under the constitution is not met, the court then has the power to do a judicial review of it,” the legal practitioner told Accra-based Citi FM.

READ ALSO: Mahama must reverse decision immediately - NPP

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.

After spending 27 days in jail, the three can now heave a sigh of relief as they have been granted a pardon.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Mike Oquaye Ghana's Speaker of Parliament is a "big fool" - Sekou Nkrumahbullet
2 REGSEC Coordinator Attack Delta Force Leader apologises to Nana Addo...bullet
3 Cars for MDA's Prez Nana Addo halts purchase of new vehicles...bullet
4 AMERI Power Plant NPP reveals more fishy deal on AMERIbullet
5 Pension Pay 40 former MPs drag govt to court over pension paybullet
6 AMERI Power Plant Here is the full report on the $510m...bullet
7 Ghana's Legal System Judicial integrity badly damaged by...bullet
8 AMERI Power Plant NPP Committee report on AMERI power deal...bullet
9 Sad News Thunder kills prophetess at Assin Fosubullet
10 Wrong Robbery Suspected armed robber electrocuted at...bullet

Top Videos

1 Ghana@60 Agya Koo embarrassed Ghana at Independence Day - Asiedu Nketiabullet
2 Video Metro Mass bus catches fire on Cape Coast-Kasoa highwaybullet
3 Prophecy I predicted Kintampo accident - Prophetbullet
4 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
5 Meet Aisha the female mate who aspires to be a driverbullet
6 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank...bullet
7 Health Alert Fufu is killing Africans - Mensah Otabilbullet
8 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries...bullet
9 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
10 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a...bullet

News