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Ex-Gitmo Detainees case returns to court

Today is yet another day slated for the hearing of the case of the two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees. Currently staying in the country under a diplomatic agreement between government of Ghana and its American Counterpart.

Mahmud Umar Muhammed Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, Otherwise refers to as Gitmo 2, were released from detention camp in Cuba where they spent 14 years without trials for their alleged involvement in terrorism.

They came to Ghana a year ago to stay for 2 years under an agreement of diplomatic circles as ‘Noted Verbales’, and having been considered low risk terrorists after assessment by America government.

Paradoxically, the two president John Mahama and Barrack Obama of United state who sign the agreement on behalf of their respective country are leaving office.

The case of the ‘Gitmo 2’ was called on December 13, 2016, for hearing  but adjourned to today January 10,2017, because one of the panel of judges was indisposed.

Two Ghanaians, Mrs. Margaret Banful, 86, a retired staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and Mr. Henry Nana Boakye of Buokrom Estate, Kumasi together filed writ against the Attorney-General and minister of Justices, and ministry of the interior at the supreme court, asking the court to order the government to return the two ex-Guantanamo detainees to either Cuba their initial place or any other place that might be deem convenient for the 2 other than Ghana, since their stay here posed National security threat.

The case, which started in march 2016, has suffered a number of adjournments due, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah, Lawyer of the plaintiff had earlier asked the court presided by Mr. Justice William Atuguba, to compel the Attorney-General to produce the agreement between the government of America for the authenticity of the document or otherwise.

BY:Sandra Oduro/

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