The two Guantanamo Bay detainees who are currently residing in Ghana will have their fate determined by Parliament after they resume from their recess, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.
His response followed a question he was asked by a journalist at his media encounter held at the Banquet Hall today [Wednesday].
Some legal practitioners including Kofi Bentil, has challenged government to update Ghanaians on the two detainees or he would be forced to use legal means to demand for answers.
Nana Addo in his response said: “The GITMO detainees, the period is up, a decision has to be made and that decision is under active examination, we need to be able to say something to Parliament when it resumes,” he said He noted that government will take that decision as early as possible on whether they will stay or arrangements made for them to leave the country. “The period under which the agreement was made has come to an end, we have to decide whether or not we are going to grant them permission to stay, whether we are going to make arrangements for them to go somewhere else. Those things are being actively examined as we sit, but I am fully aware that a decision on them has to be made, and it cannot be made in six or five months it has to be made now,” the president said.
Parliament in 2017, ratified the agreement between Ghana and the United States of America (USA) on the resettlement in Ghana of two former detainees of the US Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mahmud Umar Muhammad bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al Dhuby.
The ratification was in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling, which called for the ratification of the verbal agreement to resettle the two men in Ghana within three months.