The Supreme Court has officially cited Montie FM for contempt and set aside July 12, 2016 for its owners and the two studio panelists to show cause why they must not be imprisoned after threatening the lives of Judges in the country.
A formal summons by the Supreme Court said the owner of Montie FM, the governing National Democratic Congress’ Second National Vice Chairman, Harry Zakour, Salifu Maase; alias Mugabe – the host, Godwin Gunn and Alistair Tairo Nelson are to appear before the honorable court on Tuesday morning of the stated date to show cause why they should not be imprisoned for contempt and for “scandalizing the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court and bringing the authority of the court into disrepute”.
Montie FM on June 29, 2016, at a political talk programme “Pampaso”, hosted by Mugabe Maase and two panelists, threatened to deal with the High and Supreme Court judges who did not dissociate themselves from the current Abu Ramadan versus the Electoral Commission banter.
Mr Nelson has apologized for his comments but Mr Ako Gunn insists he was never in the studios of the station on the day the threats were issued.
Alistair Nelson, for example, went high in his unrefined threats when he said: “Today you want to sit there and use your left hands to point at things to destroy this nation, we know your homes. Mugabe, the High Court judges, I can stand at one junction and tell you where all of them live, or most of the influential ones live.”
The man, who was disowned by the NDC after the utterances, also told host of the show, Saifu Maase: “I know where the judges live in Accra, I can show you. I know their quarters, the Supreme Court judges. I also know the High Court judges.
Yes, I’m telling you, God has a way to show… If they like, they should bring it on. It will start in their residences, I’m telling you, in their neighborhoods. When we finish them, then it will be over. Then we will come and rule our nation because they don’t wish the nation well.”
Alistair further stated: “You Supreme Court judges sitting there, what do you do for Ghana? Look at your judges accepting bribes, goats and GH¢100 and others. Are you not ashamed? Senior judges on the bench, by this time all of you should have resigned because of what your juniors were doing. Are you not ashamed?”
Former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Abu Ramadan, had filed a suit at the Supreme Court demanding that the 2012 voters’ register be declared null and void.
Abu Ramadan argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling that the National Health Insurance Card was an illegal form of identification for voters strengtheners his suit.
The Supreme Court a year ago ruled that the NHIS Card does not qualify anyone to be registered as a voter.
Ramadan’s suit came at a time when debate for the compilation of a new register has deepened after the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), petitioned the Electoral Commission to replace the current register.
The party argues that the current register is not credible because it is bloated with names of foreigners and minors, an allegation the incumbent NDC has denied.
It was during the discussion of this issue which the Supreme Court had ruled on that led to the panelists making the alleged comments on the radio station.