Where are the GITMO 2? – Gov’t pushed for update

National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has asked the government to provide Ghanaians with an update on the status of the two ex-detainees of Guantanamo Bay.

The Legislator in an open letter to the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, said government’s silence on the whereabouts of Mahmud Umar Muhammed Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, one year after promising to relocate them is a breach of the law.

 “Respectfully, it is my considered view that after a full year of patiently waiting on Government, it is imperative that in this matter, which is of enormous national interest, you provide an update to the Ghanaian people as Good Governance principles of transparency and accountability will demand. “It is my humble expectation that you will now provide the update requested with dispatch,” the MP stated in the open letter published in full below.

The two Yemenis were resettled in Ghana in January 2016 following an agreement between the John Mahama government and the Barack Obama led-U.S. administration. The Yemenis were detained at the Guantanamo Bay for 14 years after they were linked to the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda but were later released as part of US government's plan to shut down the facility.Their stay in Ghana ended on January 6, 2018, but the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the men have been granted a refugee status without its knowledge.
      Mr Ablakwa believes that “the current worsening insecurity situation which has attracted unprecedented domestic and international concern in the aftermath of the assassination of undercover journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, numerous cases of apparent contract killings, the circumstances of Nana Appiah Mensah's escape from the jurisdiction and the kidnapping of the Takoradi ladies - all of these call for an urgent and unwavering commitment to our constitutional and legal obligations which as you know better than many of us are designed to guarantee our collective security.”