ATO AHWOI ORDERS SHUT DOWN OF RADIO GOLD, MONTIE FM IN PROTEST OF CONTEMPT RULLING …
Credible information reaching Kasapafmonline.com indicates that a Director of Network Broadcasting Limited, Radio Gold and Montie FM, Mr Ato Ahwoi has ordered the shut down of the two stations hours after the Supreme Court ruling on the contempt case involving the company.
Both frequencies, 90.5MHz and 100.1MHz have gone off air for nearly four hours now.
Highly placed sources very close to the Company have told thiswebsite that Mr Ahwoi who is a bigwig in the ruling NDC party directed that the stations go of air in protest of the sentencing of a Montie FM presenter and two panelists who have just begun their four months jail term.
The Supreme court has handed a four months jail term each to the Montie FM panelists and the host of Pampaso political show, Mugabe.
They are to pay 10,000 GHS each by tomorrow, which failure to pay the fine will be another term imprisonment.
Owners of the station were all found guilty of contempt and have been fined GHc30, 000, to be paid to the court by close of day Thursday or face a jail term of one month.
The owners, NETWORK Broadcasting Company have also been ordered to provide the court with measures put in place to guard against the recurrence of such incidence.
Justice Sophia Akuffo in her ruling said the sentencing of the three should serve as a deterrent to owners of media houses, journalists and others who flagrantly make such irresponsible and reckless comments against the judiciary.
The host of the programme, Salifu Maase known as Mugabe, the two panellists and owners of the station appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday, July 18 after they were ordered by the Supreme Court to appear to answer for the charges.
Alistair Nelson told the court he suffered a condition, “kpokpo gbligbli” which explains for the reason why he made the contemptuous statements.
The contemnors pleaded guilty and the owners of the station through their counsel pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
At their last appearance before Wednesday’s sentencing, they were found guilty of scandalising the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court, and bringing it into disrepute.and ordered to re-appear before the court today July 27, 2016 for sentencing.
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