- The two Gitmo detainees say they wish to leave Ghana for a different country
- Government is in talks with other countries to accommodate them
All detainees from Guantanamo Bay who are currently in Ghana say they wish to be sent to a different country.
YEN.com.gh is gathering that Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby want the ministry of foreign affairs to begin the process of sending them to a third country aside America and Yemen.
The request by the Gitmo ex-detainees follows the revelation by the foreign affairs minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, that government’s hands have been tied over its decision to drive the detainees out of Ghana. According to the minister, some agreements signed between Ghana and USA by John Mahama’s NDC administration.
Deputy minister for foreign affairs, Mr Owiredu, revealed that talks are currently in place to send the detainees out of the country.
“…Because per the laws, the 1951 convention and 1957 protocol on refugees you would need their consent. So of course, we sought their consent before these negotiations were done,” he stated.
Editor-in-chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako, has revealed that intercepted letters to the former president warned that the accommodation of Khalid Mohammed Salih al-Dhuby and Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef could have negative political and national security impact on the erstwhile NDC administration but the president nonetheless gave approval for their stay here in Ghana.
The Yemenis came to Ghana in January 2016 to stay for two years under a diplomatic agreement as the United States government worked to close down its infamous detention centre, Guantanamo Bay, where the suspects lived for 14 years.
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