-US ambassador to Ghana denies claims of manhandling deportees
-There were reports that Ghanaian deportees from USA were chained
-The Foreign Affairs minister is launching an investigation into the matter
It has come to light that Ghanaians who were deported from the United States of America back to Ghana for various reasons including illegal immigration were believed to have been mistreated aboard the flight to Ghana.
In response to these allegations, United States ambassador to Ghana, Robert Porter Jackson has vehemently rejected the claims. He said that the deportees were treated with respect even though they did not leave the USA out of their own accord. He said this yesterday at the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament meeting.
Some of the deportees claimed that they were mishandled and some also said they were handcuffed and chained while on the flight; a claim the US ambassador to Ghana did not accept as fact.
As a matter of urgency, the ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching an investigation into the deportation to ascertain whether the claims made by the deportees had any truth in them.
A letter has been sent to the Ghana Immigration Service to provide personal details of the deportees so that they could be contacted for further inquiry into the claims.
The United States ambassador, Robert Porter Jackson added that the deportees were in no way given inhuman treatment. He however said that even though they were fed on the flight which was chartered, their movements were restricted to ensure safety of all the passengers but it is not to say that they were shackled to their seats with chains as is the picture being created.
According to some journalists who were present when the chartered flight first arrived at the Kotoka International Airport, the deportees came out of the flight handcuffed and complained bitterly about the treatment meted out to them on the flight.
A final decision would be taken on the matter after the investigations have been carried out.
The deportation exercise is being carried out by the Trump administration to rid the US of illegal immigrants.
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