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Ghanaian law maker slams Mahama over Guantanamo prisoners

15 January 2016, 19:12

Accra - A Ghanaian law maker has criticised President John Mahama's government over its decision to accommodate two former terror suspects from Yemen, according to reports.

The lawmaker said the west African country was only asking for trouble from terror groups by keeping the two in the west African country.

The two men, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby, recently told Reuters that they were wrongfully arrested for 14 years by the American government.

They were held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba before they were freed recently.

According to Ghana web, Ghana gave the two ex-detainees permission to stay in the country for a minimum of two years.

The report quoted a Member of Parliament in the Central Region, Ken Ohene Agyapong, as saying the country had no capacity to monitor the two former detainees' movements. He also said Ghanaians were "better off living under corruption than meddling in world crisis".

"… We do not have any sophisticated technology to monitor and control their movements," he stressed. My question to Mahama is: 'Why are they [the ex-detainees] not in America if the Americans have cleared them of any acts of terrorism? It’s a shame…,” Agyapong was quoted saying.

Various religious and political groups also joined in the condemnation, calling on government to return the two suspects, who are linked to Taliban and al-Qaeda terror groups, to their country.

But, according to a BBC report, president Mahama defended his government's decision, saying that Ghanaians were "more likely to die in a road accident than at the hands of the Yemenis".

Mahama also refuted claims that Ghana had received money from US authorities in order to allow asylum to the two men.

- News 24


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