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Gitmo 2: There is no cause for alarm – Information Ministry

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The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has dismissed fears being expressed by Ghanaians over the continued stay of the two ex Guatamano Bay detainees in the country.

The two detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, were admitted into Ghana by the government of former President John Dramani Mahama in a deal struck with the Government of United States of America to allow them stay in the country for two years.

The ministry’s assurance is coming on the heels of the judgement of the Supreme Court declaring their stay in the country illegal.

According to the Supreme Court ruling, the Mahama administration failed to get Parliamentary approval before admitting the detainees, who were alleged to belong to the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda.

The apex court, as part of the judgement, ordered that the government must within the next three months send the agreement to Parliament for ratification or have the two detainees sent back to the United States.

The Information ministry however said it would take prompt action to deal with the Supreme Court’s orders concerning the continued stay of the two, adding that the two detainees have been well behaved.

The ministry also said the the two detainees continued to be under the “supervision of the security agencies and have been comporting themselves well during their stay in Ghana.

“In the meantime, government is calling for calm amongst the populace on this matter,” the statement added.


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