DETAILS ARE emerging of how the three National Democratic Congress (NDC) activists – now known as Montie 3 – convicted for contempt by the Supreme Court, were whisked away to the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons to start their four-month sentences.
The three – Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, host of “Pampaso,” a political programme on an Accra-based radio station – Montie FM – together with Godwin Ako Gunn, 39 and Alistair Tairo Nelson, 41 – apart from the jail term, were ordered to pay GHC10,000 each as fines or in default serve an additional month in jail for scandalizing the court.
Alistair was said to have sobbed as they were being conveyed to Nsawam.
Immediately the five-member panel of judges, presided over by Justice Sophiah B. Akuffo, handed down the sentences, Mugabe, Ako Gunn and Allistair were handcuffed and put in a police bullion van.
Daily Guide learnt that the gang was first sent to the Adentan Police Station, Accra to await the warrant to Nsawam, and when the prisons authorities confirmed the arrival of the detention warrants, they were driven straight to Nsawam.
At Nsawam they were searched thoroughly as the rules demand before being admitted.
While in the bullion van, the NDC convicts were said to have made ‘touching’ phone calls to their respective families, asking them to ensure that their personal effects and other belongings were safely kept.
Daily Guide’s sources said Alistair appeared to be sobbing while Ako-Gunn was in a somber mood; but Mugabe looked shocked and seemed frustrated at what had befallen him after boasting that he was not afraid of prison.
The apex court had slapped Kwaku Kyei Attuah and Edward Addo – both directors and shareholders of Network Broadcasting Limited, operators of the station – Lawyer Kwaku Bram-Larbi, secretary to the board of directors and Harry Zakour, a vice Chairperson of the NDC and Zeze Media, owners of the frequency, with a GHC30,000 fine or in default be individually held liable.
Network Broadcasting Limited, parent company of Montie Fm and Radio Gold, was also fined GHC30,000, bringing the total amount of money to GHC90,000.
They have since paid the GHC90,000 according to court sources.
Apart from scandalizing the courts, the panel of judges was not happy with the Attorney General for refusing to press criminal charges against the convicts when it became clear that they had “crossed the red line” with death threats and criminal attack on judges, particularly Supreme Court justices.
Mugabe had told his panelists to ‘open fire’ on the justices, and they in turn did so with threats of death in addition to a claim by Allistair that he would allow a certain Nash of Mataheko to ‘marry’ Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood if a war broke out.