Director of Communication of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is predicting a political Armageddon for President Mahama for freeing Montie three serving four months jail term for scandalising the Supreme Court.
The President in a statement signed by Communications Minister, Edward Omane-Boamah granted a remission of sentence to the three on ‘compassionate grounds’.
President Mahama in consultation with the Council of State and in exercise of his constitutional powers under Article 72 of the Constitution remitted the remaining prison sentence imposed on three persons: Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson and Ako Gunn who were sentenced to four months imprisonment and a fine of GHȻ10,000.00 each for contempt of court. The remission is effective 26th August 2016
The three were sentenced on 27th July 2016 and have served part of the prison sentences imposed on them. They have also paid the GHȻ10,000.00 (ten thousand Cedis) fines. Given the pardon, the three contemnors are expected to be released on Friday August 19, 2016.
But speaking on Asempa FM Monday, Nana Akomea expressed shock at the decision taken by the President.
“President Maham will regret this action; he has set a bad precedent by releasing the Montie three” he stressed.
The NPP Director of Communications could not fathom why the President will grant pardon to people sympathetic to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) after they subjected the judiciary to public ridicule.
Nana Akomea said the precedent set by the President could spark turf war a between the executive and the judiciary.
“If someone takes this issue to court, it could spark a constitutional crisis toe months to elections” he bemoaned.