President Mahama grants remission of sentence to three contemnors


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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.

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.

GNA


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