Accra, Aug. 22, GNA
- President John Dramani Mahama, in consultation with the Council of State and
in exercising his constitutional powers under Article 72 of the Constitution, has
remitted the remaining prison sentence imposed on the three contemnors.
The three persons; Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson and Ako Gunn, were sentenced to four months imprisonment and a fine of GH¢10,000.00 each for contempt of court.
The remission takes effect from 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 GH¢10,000.00 fine.
A statement signed by Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communication, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday, said the decision of President Mahama to remit their sentences was on compassionate grounds following a petition submitted by the contemnors appealing to him to exercise his Prerogative of Mercy even as they continued to express deep remorse and regret for the unacceptable statements they made against the Judiciary.
President Mahama takes this opportunity to remind all Ghanaians of the need to respect the institutions of state and exercise freedom of speech responsibly, mindful of the need to preserve peace and national unity, the statement said.
He reminded all concerned, especially persons working in the media or appearing on their platforms, to be circumspect and guard against the use of intemperate language which has the potential of causing unnecessary tension especially in this election year.
President Mahama expressed the hope that all would draw lessons from the events leading to the conviction of the three persons and bear in mind the consequences of injudicious utterances.