Gitmo 2 likely to stay in Ghana until end of contract

Gitmo 2 likely to stay in Ghana until end of contract

Ghanaians may be displeased to learn that the two former detainees from Guantanamo Bay currently being hosted in Ghana, may continue to stay in the country until the two-year contract signed between the government of Ghana and the US expires.

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Gitmo 2 likely to stay in Ghana until end of contract

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The two, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby who were in detention for 14 years after being linked with terrorist group Al-Qaeda, were brought to Ghana in 2016 as part of processes to reintegrate them back into their home countries.

The revelation of this decision by the then Mahama-led administration was met with massive public uproar as many feared the presence of the former detainees were a threat to national security.

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However, speaking to Citi News’ Umaru Sanda Amadu after taking her turn at the Appointments Committee of Parliament, the Minister nominee for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, failed to disclose whether or not the NPP government will review the agreement.

She said “they are one year into the agreement, so we have another year to go before the agreement that was signed comes to an end.”

When she probed further, Ayorkor Botchwey said, “I don’t know [whether it will be reviewed or not], this is sub-judice so I don’t think that I want to make any comment on it.”

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“But I’m just saying that we are one year into the agreement, the agreement is for two years, when we come to that bridge we will cross it. It is an agreement, the agreement has already been done,” the Minister nominee added.

The US Embassy in Ghana had in January 2016, assured Ghanaians that the presence of the two former detainees, posed no threat to the security of the country.

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