BREAKING NEWS: MONTIE BRAGGARTS FOUND GUILTY; TO SENTENCED TO DEATH ON JULY 27
The two panelists and host of Accra-based Montie FM who were charged with contempt of court have been found guilty of contempt of the court.
The two panelists, Alistair Tairo Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn and host of the station, Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe would know their fate on 27th July, 2016 when the court sits.
Directors of the Accra-based station which is a subsidiary of Network Broadcasting Limited would also know their fate on that day as well.
The panelists and host were found guilty of contempt of court, scandalizing the court and defying the authority of the court and bringing it to disrepute.
They were also given self-recognisance bail.
Two of the contemnors, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn said they were liable with much regret, but Mugabe said he was liable with a brief explanation,
But none of their pleas at the court were taken.
Prior to the adjournment of the case, Nana Ato Dadzie who was one of the lawyers in the case, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy.
He quoted Mark 3:18 to back his plea for mercy. He further reminded the court to take the issue of the press into consideration before sentencing the contemnors.
The former Attorney General under the erstwhile Rawlings regime quoted article 162 (4) of the constitution to back his plea.
Presiding Judge, Justice Sophia Akufo however reminded to also read clause 5 of the same article which spoke of the responsibility of the media.
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.