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Suit to prevent Montie 3 pardon filed

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
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Even before the Council of State could forward their advice on the 'Montie 3' petition to President John Mahama, a suit seeking to stop him from granting pardon to the  to the convicts has been filed in court.

The petitioner,  Elikplim Agbemeva, a private legal practitioner, in a suit filed Monday, tsaid “on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 72 and 296 of the constitution, the exercise of the power of prerogative of mercy ought to be governed by regulations that set out, in an open and transparent manner, the grounds and requirements for the submission and consideration of application for pardon to ensure certainty, consistency, and fairness in the process that leads to the grant of pardons”.

The application further stated, “The President and the Council of State shall exercise the prerogative of mercy in a judicial manner that assures the people of Ghana of some certainty, consistency, and fairness in the processes that lead to the granting of pardons.”

The trio, Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, a radio show host with Accra-based Montie FM ; and two of his panellists , Alistair Nelson; and Godwin Ako Gunn were last month jailed four months each by the Supreme Court for making scandalising the court but many National Democrtic congress (NDC) activists including the suit comes after many ministers and other high profile government appointees have signed a petition asking the President to activate article 72 of the constitution and grant pardon to the three.