Montie 3 Mahama's remission unfortunate - K.B Asante

The Montie three; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase were on Friday, August 26, 2016, released from Akuse prison after President John Mahama remitted their four-month prison sentence.

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Statesman and retired diplomat, K. B. Asante has described as unfortunate the remission of the sentence of the Montie trio by President John Mahama.

He said: "It was wrong to interfere with the rule of law and the pressures put on the president to do so was most unfortunate.”

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

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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.

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K.B. Asante believes people should be made to face the full rigors of the law in order not to create the impression that it pays to go against the law especially, when affiliated to a political party.

"I don't think think we should rejoice or make so much fuss about this incident... I hope if anything like this happens we would allow the law to take its course and the President or whoever is in charge too is not pressurised to take an action which undermines discipline and against the rule of law," he told Accra-based Joy FM.

The Montie three; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase were on Friday, August 26, 2016, released from Akuse prison after President John Mahama remitted their four-month prison sentence.

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The trio were sentenced to four months in prison by the Supreme Court following contempt proceedings against them.

The contempt proceedings came after the three allegedly made threats against 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 the president has given them remission.

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