The Supreme Court has jailed the three contemnors in the Montie FM case to four months imprisonment.
Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn all belonging to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and talk show host Salifu Maase aka ‘Mugabe’ were jailed Wednesday after they were found guilty for issuing death threats to judges of the Supreme Court.
They were also fined Ghc10,000 each and if they fail to pay the fine by close of work Thursday July 28, 2016, they will each serve an additional one month term in prison.
Owners of the station were all found guilty of contempt and have been fined GHc30, 000, to be paid to the court by close of day Thursday or face a jail term of one month.
Nelson, Ako Gunn and Maase were immediately whisked into a Police van and taken away to the prison where they would serve their sentence.
The accused were found guilty for scandalizing the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court and bringing it into disrepute by the court presided over by Justice Sophia Akuffo.
Nelson apologised to the apex court for his utterances claiming he was under the influence of a strange disease known in the local parlance as “kpokpogbligbli.”
He promised never to make such comments again.
‘Mugabe’ has also pleaded for forgiveness because he has been a journalist of good repute for 15 years.
Their lawyers pleaded with the court that, they are first time offenders and the court should have mercy on them but the presiding judge stated that the media and all radio panelists must learn valuable lessons from today’s ruling and stop unnecessary attacks on the courts and its judges.
Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, who were panelists on ‘Pampaso’, a political programme on Montie FM in Accra on June 29, warned judges of Ghana’s highest court to be wary of their conduct in the case involving the Electoral Commission and Mr Abu Ramadan if they did not want to suffer the fate of the three members of the bench who were shot to death and burnt on June 30, 1982 in the era of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
The Supreme Court had to adjourn the case to July 18 after the contemnors argued that they were not served with the writ until the morning of the hearing day, a position which was corroborated by the court registrar.