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General News of Monday, 8 August 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

‘Montie trio are not happy in prison’ - Spio Garbrah

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekow Spio Garbrah says the Montie trio jailed for threatening the lives of some Supreme Court judges are hoping for a pardon from President John Mahama.

According to him, the three are unhappy about their stay in prison and want to be pardoned.

“They were very high spirited and of course they were not happy to be in prison. I don’t think anybody serves prison sentence happily.

We were able to laugh just to keep their spirits. Alistair was not in good faith on that particular day, he felt ill so we were not actually able to meet him. But Ako Gunn and Mugabe were the two who walked with us to the officers room and engaged with us for some time,” Mr. Spio-Garbrah said.

He explained that they decided to visit the three in order to “know how they were faring and to assure them that majority of the people of Ghana, irrespective of political persuasion sympathize with them…”

According to him though the trio had “offended the law and had confessed that they were sorry for their actions, most people felt that as much as they deserved some punishment, the punishment might seem to be on the lighter side .”
Last week, Mr. Spio Garbrah led a delegation to visit the trio who are currently at the Nsawam prison.

Spio’s visit follows a similar one paid by the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor. Madam Ativor in collaboration with Women for Mahama group presented items such as tins of Milk, Milo, canned fish, a gallon of cooking oil, bottles of water and toiletries to the incarcerated three.

Following the incarceration of the trio after they were found guilty of contempt charges, several ministers and high ranking officials of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), have signed a petition to put pressure on the President to grant them a presidential pardon.

But the other stakeholders including the Progressive People’s Party have also signed a counter petition, urging the President to respect the orders of the Supreme Court.