BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
HEARING OF the case in which three separate individuals are challenging the pardon of the ‘Montie 3’ by former President John Dramani Mahama has suffered a long adjournment following the absence of three of the seven-member panel.
Justice Yaw Appau, Justice A. A. Benin and Justice Gabriel Pwamang were all unavailable when the case was called and the case was adjourned to October 23, for definite hearing.
The chairperson of the panel, Justice Sophia Adenyira, said the earliest date the panel could sit together would be after the legal vacation.
The four members on the panel who were present in court yesterday were the chairperson, Justice Jones Dotse, Justice Annin Yeboah and Justice Baffoe Bonnie.
The panel earlier adopted a joint memorandum of issues filed by three separate individuals who are challenging the pardon of the ‘Montie 3’ by former President Mahama.
This was after the apex court, on March 20, directed the lawyers in the case to consolidate the matter and file their joint agreed issues.
The Justice Adenyira panel, after adopting the joint memorandum of issues, directed the parties to file their legal arguments independently in 21 days.
The court said upon service and should any of the parties need to reply, they would be afforded the opportunity to make oral submission in open court.
Three radio panellists – Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Masse aka Mugabe, host of ‘Pampaso’ on Montie FM – were jailed four months each for contempt in 2016 by the apex court.
But a month later they were granted presidential pardon. The applicants are, thus, praying the court to render the action null and void and of no effect.