The three contemnors who were incarcerated for scandalising the Supreme Court have made a passionate appeal to Ghanaians to be mindful of their utterances against state institutions.
They said they have learned a great deal of lesson from their imprisonment, declaring that “Never Again” should this happen to anyone.
A visibly ecstatic Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, Aku Gunn and Alistair Nelson drove straight to the premises of Montie FM/Radio Gold from the Akuse Prisons to join their colleagues and supporters to give thanks to God and President John Mahama for pardoning them.
The trio were slapped with a four-month jail term for bringing the reputation of the apex court of Ghana into disrepute during a live radio discussion on the voters’ register case involving Abu Ramadan.
Speaking on behalf of the trio at a brief thanks giving ceremony Friday, Salifu Maase (Mugabe) said they regret their actions and promised it will “never happen again.”
The three used the opportunity to once again apologise to the Chief Justice Georgina Wood and the judges of the Supreme Court for their actions.
“Let us re-state our sincerest apology to her Ladyship the Chief Justice and the justices of the Supreme Court and the bench in general for the unfortunate and regrettable conduct which was rightly condemned by all Ghanaians.
“The past month has been a difficult one for us and none of us will ever wish to find himself anywhere near that situation again. Never again, never again and never again. We have learned our lessons and we’ll like to reiterate President Mahama’s call to our fellow media practitioners and all those who appear on our platforms to take a cue and to be circumspect in our utterances,” Mugabe told the teeming crowd.
Their release comes after President Mahama granted them a pardon upon the advice of the Council of State.
A statement announcing the remission to the three said: “The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has, in consultation with the Council of State and in exercise of his constitutional powers under Article 72 of the Constitution, remitted the remaining prison sentence imposed on three persons: Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson and Ako Gunn who were sentenced to 4 months imprisonment and a fine of GH¢10,000.00 each for contempt of court. The remission is effective 26th August 2016”.