- According to parliament, they have not been formally charged with terrorism - related offences
- Ghana has indicated its readiness to shelter them for two years, and then leave them to decide what to do next
The parliament of Ghana has formally declared that the two Yemeni nationals, Khalid Mohammed Salih al-Dhuby and Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef, currently residing in Ghana, are not terrorists.
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Following an acceptance of a plea by the International Criminal Tribunal to Ghana, to provide shelter for the two, they have remained in Ghana till date.
They were initially detained in the Guantanamo Bay prison by United States’ officials.
Ghana expressed its readiness to accommodate them last year, as they were unable to return to Yemen as at that time, per the official statement from the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Per the agreement, they are at liberty to remain in the country for two years, and thereafter leave, if they wish to.
Ghana’s decision to accept the two men was met with criticisms from a cross section of Ghanaians, as the general impression was that the Yemenis were engaged in terrorism–related activities.
Some comments were to the effect that government officials had been induced into accepting the terms of the deal.
The country’s legislative body has however come out to categorically state that there are no records of terrorism – related activities filed against them.
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This followed a formal report made by the Foreign Affairs committee of parliament for the ratification of the agreement between the government of Ghana and the government of the United States of America on the mode of resettlement of the two former detainees.
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