- North Tongu MP says parliament will meet the 63 deportees next week
- The move is to allow them to give their side of the story with regards to allegations of mistreatment
- Parliament has already met the US Ambassador over the same claims
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of parliament (MP) for the North Tongu constituency, has revealed that parliament intends to meet 63 Ghanaian immigrants who were departed from the United States a couple of weeks ago.
According to Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who also serves as a member of Parliament's Foreign Affairs committee, the move is to give the deportees an opportunity to tell their sides of the story with regards to what transpired during their flight back to Accra.
Some deported immigrants alleged that they had been mistreated during their flight back to Ghana, with US Government officials using handcuffs to restrain them on the flight. Others said that they had allegedly been treated inhumanely.
Addressing parliament following a summons in relation to the deportees allegations, US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert P. Jackson, dismissed claims that the deported immigrants had been mistreated.
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“I flatly reject the idea that we treated people inhumanely. On the contrary, I think we treated them as best as possible given the fact that they refused to leave the United States voluntarily,” said the head of the US diplomatic mission in Ghana.
Speaking on Asempa FM on Friday, June 23rd, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa said that parliament was troubled by reports that Ghanaians had been treated inhumanely. He stated that parliament had met the Ambassador yesterday, and that they intended to hear the other side of the story.
“We will let every Ghanaian know exactly what happened after we are done with deliberations. We want the world to know that we will protect our citizens just as in every country the citizens are protected," he said.
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