- The ex-Gitmo detainees are engaged in their own businesses in Ghana
- The two have been granted refugee status in after the expiry of their agreement
It has emerged that the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are now running their own legitimate businesses in Ghana.
According to the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Owiredu, it has become possible for them due to the refugee status conferred on them by the Refugee Board in 2016.
The deputy minister who disclosed this on TV3’s News 360 on Monday refused to disclose the kind of business the two are involved in Ghana.
The two-year bilateral cooperation between the erstwhile Mahama administration and the United States, to keep Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby in the country expired on January 6, 2018.
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However, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey told Parliament last week that the US government has washed its hands off the ex-detainees, which means they are now the sole responsibility of Ghana.
The Mahama administration accepting the ex-Gitmo detainees into the country, caused huge outrage, with many Ghanaians calling for the then NDC government to cancel the agreement.
The New Patriotic Party members in a run up to the 2016 elections lashed out at the NDC government and called for the Mahama administration to send them back to the US authorities.
Though the two-year agreement with the US has expired, the ex-Gitmo detainees are still living in Ghana.
Meanwhile, the latest exposé on their involvement in business in Ghana has sparked fresh media controversy.
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