19 July 2016

Montie 3 case: ‘Strange disease’ cause of my outburst – Alistair

Supreme courtAlistair Nelson, one of the contemnors in the Montie 3 case, has pleaded with the Supreme Court to forgive him because he threatened to kill the judges following a “strange disease” which befell him that fateful day.

Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn all belonging to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and talk show host Salifu Maase aka ‘Mugabe’ have been found guilty of contempt for threatening to eliminate the judges sitting on the voters’ register case.

Nelson has since apologised to the apex court for his utterances since he was under the influence of the strange disease known in the local parlance as “kpokpogbligbli.” He has promised never to make such comments again.

The directors of the radio station – Montie FM – have also been summoned before the court in the contempt case.

‘Mugabe’ has also pleaded for forgiveness because he has been a journalist of good repute for 15 years.

Meanwhile, one more judge, Justice Paul Baffoe Bonnie, has recused himself from the ongoing contempt hearing involving some two panelists, a radio host and management of Accra-based Montie FM.

The development brings to three, the number of judges to have recused themselves from the case so far. Last week, the Chief Justice Georgina Wood and Justice Nasiru Sulemana Gbadegbe stayed out of the trial.

Justice Bonnie withdrew from the trial because of his family ties with one of the directors of Montie FM, Mr Baffoe Bonnie.

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.

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