I will go on hunger strike if Mahama pardons Montie 3 – Maurice Ampaw
A Legal Practitioner has threatened to go on hunger strike if President John Dramani Mahama pardons the jailed Montie FM presenter and two panelists.
In addition, Maurice Ampaw said he would stop going to court for one year and campaign against the President’s second term bid in the upcoming elections.
Two radio panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn and show host, Salifu Maase of an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM were sentenced to four months imprisonment by the Supreme Court on July 27, 2016, for threatening to kill judges of the Court.
The three were also fined 10,000 cedis each while the owners of the frequency of the radio station, and the directors were fined 30,000 cedis respectively.
A petition asking the president to invoke his powers of pardon under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution has been signed by a section of the public who are predominantly members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The president has referred the petition to the Council of State for advice.
But Lawyer Maurice Ampaw is unhappy with the turn of events.
He has pleaded with President Mahama not to pardon the trio as he believes it will undermine the powers of the Supreme Court judges.
‘It will disturb his own government and he will pay legally and politically for it. Legally, if he dares release the Montie 3, lawyer Ampaw will go to Supreme Court to challenge that power,” he stated.
Mr. Ampaw added that the invocation of the President‘s power under article 72 will in a way undermine the powers of the Supreme Court judges.
He said he would incite the judiciary against the President and call on them to embark on strike if the three persons are pardoned.