-Political Science lecturer disagrees with Supreme Court over Gitmo 2
-The Court’s ruling referred the matter to the House of Parliament
-He said that ultimate power lies with the Court and not Parliament to take an action on the ex-convicts
Political Science lecturer at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah has come out to disagree with the Supreme Court’s ruling concerning the fate of the Gitmo 2 living in Ghana. According to the lecturer, the laws of the country frowned upon taking in terrorists so from the get go, the Supreme Court had to take other measures rather than referring the issue to Parliament.
In an interview with Kumasi-based Ultimate FM, the lecturer opined that the admittance of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby was in breach of Ghana’s Constitution so it was up to the custodian of the Constitution to throw sack them.
The political and social commentator was of the view that granting the ex-convicts time to seek approval from Parliament was not the way to go. He added that what was happening now was how the British adjudicated such matters which was not what Ghana should also be doing.
He stressed that the Supreme Court had to give them time to leave the country and not time to meet with Parliament to set the record straight.
According to the lecturer, the ruling was wrong in his perspective because it was only the Supreme Court that was mandated by the Constitution to bring finality to the matter at hand.
He questioned the kind of law we practiced and questioned whether the Supreme Court had power to take decisions over Parliament or vice versa.
Last week, the two ex-convicts from Guantanamo Bay who had been resettled in Ghana were in the news. The apex court of the land in a ruling decided that their stay was unconstitutional and referred the matter to Parliament stating that they ex-convicts were to produce proper documentation to allow their continuous stay in the country.
The Gitmo 2, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby were admitted into the country by former President John Mahama during his tenure as President of the Republic
Many people have called on the current Akufo-Addo-led government to send the ex-convicts out of the country to allay the fears among the citizenry.
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