-Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper wants the Gitmo 2 repatriated
-He called on the government to see to the repatriation with immediate effect
-He said the action would allay fears among many Ghanaians
Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr., the Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper has called on the government to without delay send back the two Guantanamo Bay ex-convicts back to where they came from.
A lot of issues came up when it was reported that Ghana was one of the countries selected to “host” prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Prison. The prisoners who are believed to be associated with terrorists were sent to Ghana by the United States of America.
He calls for the repatriation of the ex-convicts are based on happenings in the past week. On Thursday June 22, newly-appointed Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo stated in a ruling that the presence of the two ex-convicts was unconstitutional because the action was not approved by parliament.
In an interview with Accra-based Peace FM on the Kokrokoo morning show, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. stated that is was illegal for the two foreigners to still be in the country after the ruling by the Supreme Court.
The as part of the ruling the panel of judges, presided over by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo requested that the issue of admittance of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby be sent before Parliament within the next three months for an appropriate decision to be taken regarding their stay in the country.
Kwesi Pratt Jnr. was however of the view that since the stay of the ex-prisoners had been declared illegal and unconstitutional, the government needed not to waste time but to send the two men packing immediately.
Lawyer for the ex-convicts has however bemoaned the fact that his clients have been made victims of ‘political football’. The current administration has also come out to say that the two foreigners have comported themselves throughout their stay.
Many people have alleged that the erstwhile Mahama administration received some remunerations for their willingness to accept the two men into the country.
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