Korieh Duodu (Left) and Yaw Oppong
Two legal specialists are strongly disparate to suggestions of a Presidential Forgiveness for a broadcaster and his 2 guests who were jailed for disregard by the Supreme Court, on Wednesday.
Yaw Oppong , law Lecturer at the Central University in Accra and Counsel at Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Korieh Duodu, Ankomah, have solidly indicated that an Executive interference in the 4 months jail punishing of the threesome would be an attack on the freedom of the Judiciary.
“It just won’t be acceptable for the President to do that,” stated that Korieh Duodu on recent affairs programme, PM Express to the media, on Wednesday evening.
There have been proposals that the 4-month jail punishing plus a fine of GHC10, 000 hit on presenter of a political talk show on Accra-based Montie FM, Salifu Maase and his 2 panelists, Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson was too harsh.
The panelists, on the talk show, on the local language station exposed to kill judges who ordered the removal of over 56, 000 ‘illegal’ names from the voters list.
The Host is said to have fired the threatening remarks by the panelist and did not confine them from making them.
Some reporters have seen the sentencing as a slap in the aspect of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) since proprietors of the radio station, the panelists and the hosts are known followers of the party.
Though, some have said that President John Mahama could exercise his Executive Orders by giving way the jailed NDC associates Presidential Pardon, in a try to settle party supporters who seen the Supreme Court decision as unfair.
According to him, “That would a scandalous thing to do,” more adding because of the political turn to matter, it would unsustainable for the President to effort an intervention.
Yaw Oppong also said that PM Express host Nana Ansah Kwao IV the President must growth above the temptation to satisfy NDC supporters by taking any further action.
He further added that, “it may be politically terrible. There are people who have promised to vote this way or that way. But the some who determine who should be President of Ghana the so called variable voters and things like these can certainly sway them. But it should not just be founded on voting. It should be based on sound principles”.
He said adding that, the ruling could even affect confidence in the Judiciary and “It is a disaster if you start placing journalists in prison”.
He has said that Wednesdays sentencing as a great example of condescension he has witnessed in all 16 years of his law practice.
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