A statement from the US Department of said the country was “grateful to the Government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Ghana to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”
“As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of those reviews, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, Atef and Al-Dhuby were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” the statement added.
Meanwhile Ghanaians have also expressed their displeasure and fear of its government’s decision to receive these ex-convicts.
An International Relations expert, Professor Keith Bluwey has strongly condemned the Mahama-led administration for its decision to accept “dangerous” Guantanamo Bay inmates transferred to Ghana from the United States of America.
According to him, the decision was only accepted by the government because Mr. Mahama and some other government officials would financially benefit from the deal.
“Mahama is reckless for accepting the Guantanamo inmates,” Prof. Bluwey told Starr FM in an interview.
But government has allayed the fears of Ghanaians over the arrival of the ex-Guantanamo Bay inmates in the West African country.
“I can assure you, enough has been done to ensure that they don’t pose a threat,” deputy Communications Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said.