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JUSAG rejects strike reports over Montie 3 remission

The Montie 3
The Montie 3

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has dispelled rumours that it is planning to embark on strike against the remission and release of the Montie trio.

JUSAG explained that “the Montie trio issue is not labour issues. They are governance and democratic related issues so we shall leave whatever implications it can have on the nation to the world,” the President of JUSAG, Alex Nartey told Onua FM on Tuesday, August 23.

President John Mahama on Monday, August 22 announced pardon for the three persons serving a four-month jail term for criminal contempt.

A statement signed by the Communications Minister Dr Omane Boamah said the decision was taken on the advice of the Council of State and was on compassionate grounds.

A radio host with the Accra-based Montie FM, Salifu Maase, and two panellists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, were found guilty for scandalizing the Supreme Court and sentenced to four months in prison.

Barely a month after being in jail, the three can now heave a sigh of freedom following the remission of their sentence.

But barely 24 hours after President Mahama’s announcement, rumours were that JUSAG members are agitated about the President’s decision and as such considering a strike to register their displeasure.

The JUSAG President, Mr. Nartey, explained that “there is nothing like that and I am not sure there is such position by JUSAG”.

He added that “if any member will want to comment on the issue, it is because they are Ghanaians and not that JUSAG has asked the person to”.

“We shall leave it to those in governance to say whatever they want to say because it does not fall directly under JUSAG and we shall not declare strike because of this.”

Asked on his personal comment on the release of the Montie trio, Mr. Nartey said “I will keep whatever I think on the issue to myself. I will only pray for God’s mercy for Ghana and we will not meet over this”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua FM|3news.com|Ghana

Twitter: @3Newsgh

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