The Supreme Court will today, May 10, 2017 give its ruling in the case of the two former Guantanamo bay detainees, whether or not their transfer is legal for them to stay in the country.
The two ex-detainees: Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, arrived in Ghana on Thursday January 7, 2016 for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana.
Their presence caused huge public outcry as many felt the government was treading on dangerous grounds by bringing people suspected to have been terrorists into the country.
Many including religious bodies and security analysts feared that the presence of the two could pose a risk to the country’s security.
Two Ghanaians, Margaret Banful and Henry Nana Boakye subsequently filed a suit against the then Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, and Minister of Interior on the relocation of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammed Salih Al-Dhuby in Ghana without seeking parliamentary approval.
Meanwhile, an International Relations expert, Professor Keith Bluwey, said that the decision for the two GITMO detainees was reckless and dangerous.
He said “It is not in our interest, these people are not ordinary refugees who are being found places of rest, these are criminals, terrorists to the core, Osama Bin Laden activists and they should have no place in Ghana.”
The detainees have, however, expressed their profound happiness by the government’s decision to admit them into the country.
Source: Pulse News