Lawyer for the persons sentenced by the Supreme Court for contempt says the four-month sentence handed out his clients is harsh but nothing can be done about it.
In an interview with Joy News’ Raymond Acquah, George Loh said “when the Supreme Court speaks that is it,” adding that they will not appeal.
For Mr Loh, the highest sentence he expected was just a few days since his clients are first-time offenders.
A presenter and two panelists of an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM, have been sentenced to four months in prison after they were convicted of contempt by the Supreme Court last week.
The two panelists; Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson and radio host Salifu Maase popularly known as Mugabe were cited for contempt after inciting hatred against and threatened to kill Justices of the Supreme Court on a political show on an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM.
Presiding judge Sophia Akuffo in reading out the sentence said the panelists were in the studio purposely to attack with recklessness.
She said the directors were irresponsible and careless because they failed to direct the broad vision of the station.
Mr Loh said his clients have taken the sentence in good faith although it was unexpected.
According to him, “they have become martyrs of democracy. They are going in there so that the whole of the media landscape will become a better place.”
He believes that the four-month sentence is a huge sacrifice by his clients and “they have served the purpose if through them the court is sanitizing the media.
The owner of the station and its directors have also been fined.