Two citizens sue AG, Interior Ministry over ex-GTMO detainees

Two Ghanaian citizens – one of whom is an octogenarian – have filed a suit against the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Ministry of Interior over the presence of two former detainees of Guantanamo Bay in the country.

The two terror suspects’ presence in the country has generated loads of public debate especially concerning the breach of the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

While some claim President John Mahama erred in the exercise of his executive powers in the acceptance of the terror suspects, others claim his decision is legal.

But Buokrom Estate-based Henry Nana Boakye and 86-year-old Margaret Banful of Achimota have dragged the matter to court to seek interpretation.

Among the reliefs being sought by the two citizens in their 13-page writ are “a declaration that the reception of the said detainees into the Republic of Ghana by the President of Ghana is in excess of his powers under the constitution and hence unconstitutional” and “a declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution, the President by holding Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby under the restricted conditions without a valid order of a court of competent jurisdiction is breaching their fundamental human rights and thus acting in a manner that is unconstitutional”.

Government has defended its decision several times with the latest being a response to Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that no laws were breached in the resettlement of the two, who will be in the country for at least two years.

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