OccupyGhana Questions Gov't Over Ex-Gitmo Detainees

OccupyGhana Questions Gov't Over Ex-Gitmo Detainees

Pressure group, OccupyGhana in a letter to government and Foreign Minister, Hannah Tetteh are demanding answers to 23 grave questions on the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees in Ghana.

OccupyGhana amongst others, wants to know whether parliament was briefed or had prior knowledge about government’s decision to take in the detainees.

“We of OccupyGhana are alarmed by the conduct of GoG [Govrnment of Ghana] in respect of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby respectively,” the letter to the Foreign Minister, Hannah Tetteh, said in part.

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President John Mahama’s administration has received massiv criticism for accepting Mohammed Omar Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby [detainees] without consulting the Ghanaian populace.

Read OccupyGhana’s demands to government in the letter below:

We of OccupyGhana® are alarmed by the conduct of GoG in respect of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby respectively and demand that you answer the following issues:

1.What are the real names and any aliases of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby that are known to GoG?

2.Prior to the detention of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby, what were their professional/vocational/occupational backgrounds?

3.When did GoG execute an agreement with the government of the United States for the acceptance of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby?

4.Why did GoG make an announcement to Ghanaians of the acceptance of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby only after FOX News had broken the news?

5.Was Parliament or any of its Committees at any point in time briefed on the decision of GoG to accept Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby? If Parliament or any of its Committees was involved, kindly furnish the name(s) and the date(s).

6.Are Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby among former Guantanamo Bay Prison detainees who have expressed fears at any time of torture or persecution if they returned to Yemen, their home country?

7.Has Yemen confirmed to GoG that Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby risk criminal trial if they return to Yemen?

8.If there is no confirmation that Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby do not risk a criminal trial if they return to Yemen, why has GoG accepted them to live in Ghana?

9.Why did GoG agree to accept Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby when the United States as the country that has primary responsibility for the two and other Guantanamo Bay detainees and former detainees is unable to do so because of strong opposition to settle even a single of the former detainees on American soil?

10.Did GoG consider the fact that some former Guantanamo Bay Prison detainees have joined terrorist organisations on their release before agreeing to accept Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby?

11.Did GoG consider the fact that some former Guantanamo Bay Prison detainees have engaged in “propaganda warfare” by speaking out publicly against their detentions and justifying terrorism before accepting Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby?

12.What legal status has GoG given Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby?

13.Do Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby have a right to work whilst in Ghana?

14.Do Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby have the opportunity for family reunion whilst in Ghana?

15.Do Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby have the right to access public services, including housing, education, medical care, socialization and integration programs whilst in Ghana?

16.Do Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby have voting rights whilst in Ghana?

17.Will GoG grant Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby residence permits whilst in Ghana?

18.Will GoG grant Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby refugee status whilst in Ghana?

19.Is GoG aware that restrictions on the movements of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby whilst they are in Ghana can only be ordered by a court and not the executive branch of Government?

20. Did GoG consider that by agreeing to accept Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby, Ghana and its citizens worldwide can be viewed by terrorists organisations as collaborators with the United States in its fight against terrorists such that the country and its citizens may be targeted for terrorist attacks?

21. Are there any financial gains to Ghana for its acceptance of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby?

22. If there are any financial gains for Ghana’s acceptance of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby, into which bank account(s) of the Republic of Ghana would the said financial gains be paid?

23.  If there are any financial gains for Ghana’s receipt of Messrs. Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby, what uses would the said financial gains be put?

We trust that you would use your good offices to provide answers to the 23 questions.

 

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