Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase have been released from prison.
Edudzi Tamakloe, one of the lawyers for the Montie 3 confirmed this on Facebook. He posted photos of the trio with the caption “happy seeing our clients after they were released from the Akuse Prison.”
The trio was serving a four-month prison sentence imposed on them after they were found guilty of having made contemptuous statements and death threats against the lives of Supreme Court Justices on a Montie FM radio programme.
Following their incarceration, friends and family of the trio started petitions which were signed by various people, including top government officials calling on President Mahama to grant the “remorseful” bunch a presidential remission.
On Monday, 22 August, the president finally invoked Article 72 of the constitution and remitted their four-month prison sentence following consultations with the Council of State.
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In the statement that announced the pardon, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications stated that the president had decided to pardon the three on “compassionate” grounds.
However, the remission has been criticised by many people, mostly members of the opposition party, New Patriotic Party. Some people have accused President Mahama of misusing his office whiles other believe the remission would undermine the power of the judiciary in Ghana.