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Montie 3 case returns to Supreme Court March 28

botchway March 21, 2018

A seven-member Supreme Court panel, presided over by Justice Sophia Adinyira, has adjourned the suit challenging the constitutionality of the pardon of Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Masse.
The justices, which include Victor Dotse, Anim Yeboah, A.A. Benin, Yaw Appau and Gabriel Pwamang, took the decision when the lawyers for the plaintiffs failed to file their memorandum of agreed issues on time.
The court quizzed the lawyers as to why they had delayed the process for well over one year since the case was called.
Three private legal practitioners filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of former President John Mahama’s decision in granting a presidential pardon to the Montie 3, who were jailed for contempt of court in 2016.
In the consolidated suit the plaintiffs, Nana Asante Bediatuo, Elipklim Agbemeva and Alfred Yeboah, contend that Mahama cannot arrogate unto himself powers exclusively within the bosom of the judiciary by the Constitution of Ghana.
They further are pleading with the court to declare as null and void and of no effect, the purported pardon granted by former President Mahama of a remission of the punishment of a four-month jail term imposed on Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Masse.
The Montie 3, Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Masse, were part of a political talk-show on Accra-based Montie FM who were jailed July 27, 2016, following threats made live on radio to kill some judges, whose judgements they disagreed with.

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