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Mahama Ayariga slams gov’t, defends Gitmo 2 refugee status

Former Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga, has slammed the Akufo-Addo government over claims that it did not have full details on the status of the two Gitmo detainees in Ghana. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has said that the current government was not aware of the decision by the erstwhile NDC government to grant the two detainees refugee status. ...

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‘We have nothing to do with Gitmo 2’ – US Ambassador

The US government says it has no interest whatsoever in what Ghana does with the two ex-Guantanamo detainees currently in the country. US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, said Umar Bin Atef and Khalid Al-Dhuby, ceased to be the responsibilities of the US government effective January 6, 2018, when the original deal for their two-year stay ended. Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, last week announced that the two detainees were granted refugees ...

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Our hands are not tied; GITMO 2 not refugees [Article]

The heightened Gitmo 2 case was monumental and could have far-reaching consequences for the country. That being so, there is need for all aspects of the case to be considered in order to make its determination stand the test of time. In the year 2016, Margaret Banful and Henry Nana Boakye hauled the erstwhile Attorney-General (A-G) and the Minister for ...

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‘Gitmo 2 can’t go back; they’re refugees’ – Gov’t

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has told Parliament that government has no option of returning the former Guantanamo Bay detainees because they were granted refugee status under the Mahama government in July 2016. According to her, the agreement signed between the government of Ghana and United States of America indicated that, while the US ...

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GITMO 2 will know their fate when Parliament resumes – Nana Addo

President Akufo-Addo says the fate of the two Guantanamo Bay detainees in Ghana will be determined by Parliament when the House reconvenes from recess. He said he is fully aware that a decision has to be made on the fate of the two, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who were brought to Ghana in 2016 ...

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Return GITMO 2 now – Antwi Danso to gov’t

An International relations analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso, wants government to take immediate steps to return the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees who are being hosted in Ghana back to where ever they came from. “They were given two years to stay in Ghana, and the two years have elapsed, what next. And for me they have to leave the ...

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Gitmo Two deal laid before Parliament

The agreement between Ghana and the United States on the resettlement of the two former Gitmo detainees in Ghana has been laid before Parliament. The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, subsequently referred the agreement to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee for consideration. The two detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who were in detention for ...

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I was briefed on GITMO 2 arrival – Franklin Cudjoe

President of policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has revealed that the United States government consulted him before the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees were brought to Ghana. Although he failed to give details on what transpired, according to Mr. Cudjoe, he was again contacted during the heat of the discussion around the two in Ghana. “In the heat of ...

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‘Secrecy’ in Gitmo 2 transfer was necessary – Franklin Cudjoe

The President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, who was briefed ahead of Ghana’s decision to host two former Guantanamo Bay detainees from the US, has said he felt the processes leading up to the move were necessary, despite their hosting being declared illegal by the Supreme Court in a recent judgement. According to him, the deal was rushed and kept ...

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‘About $300,000 being used for Gitmo 2’s upkeep’

A former Member of Parliament, George Loh, has revealed that about $300,000 was proposed and contributed by the United States for the upkeep of the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees being hosted in Ghana for two years. Speaking on The Big Issue, he disclosed that, “the amount is available to ensure that they are catered for” but stressed that “it is ...

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