The Supreme Court has dismissed the suit challenging the decision by former president John Mahama to grant remission of sentence to the convicted and sentenced ‘Montie 3’.
The plaintiffs: Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary to President Nana Akufo-Addo; Mr Elipklim Agbemeva, a private legal practitioner who is also one of the flag bearer aspirants of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and one Alfred Yeboah, contended that the president cannot arrogate unto himself powers which are exclusively within the bosom of the judiciary as granted by the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
They had further prayed the apex court to strike down as “null and void and of no legal effect”, the remission of sentence granted to the Montie3 by former President Mahama, which, essentially truncated their 4-month jail term.
Class91.3FM’s Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah, who was in court on Wednesday, 21 November 2018, said the apex court held that the president’s decision to grant remission to the three cannot be questioned as it followed due process.
Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn were sentenced to jail for scandalising the court and bringing its name into disrepute. Apart from the jail term, each of them was fined GHS10,000.00 for contempt of court.
Mr Ako Gun was recently elected as a Deputy Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the party’s 9th National Delegates Congress organised at the Trade Fair Centre in La, Accra, on Saturday, 17 November 2018.