SUPREME COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF GITMO 2 AGREEMENT

SUPREME COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF GITMO 2 AGREEMENT …

The Supreme Court has ordered the release of the agreement between the Ghanaian government and the United States government which allowed two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees to be relocated into the country.

The Court after scrutinising the documents decided that the release of the documents to the lawyers will not pose a security threat to the nation.

The Attorney General unsuccessfully argued that the agreement was confidential and any disclosure to the public would violate section 1 of the State Secrets ACT, 1962 (Act 101).

Background

The two former detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby were in detention for 14 years for having links with terrorist group Al-Qaeda before their relocation to Ghana.

In January 2016, the US Embassy in Ghana assured said the presence of the duo posed no security threat to national security.

BY KWEKU ZUREK

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