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Ghana is among 56 countries in the world that have taken about 680 detainees that were transferred from the Guantanamo bay, following the decision of the American government to close the camp that has become a blot on the latter’s human rights record.
Two of the detainees, Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby, citizens of Yemen were sent to Ghana and some to 50 other African countries.
The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR), reputable leading media organizations in the United States of America have revealed that a total of 203 of them were sent to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia 124, Pakistan 63, Yemen 17, Britain 15, Morocco 13, Kuwait 12, Sudan 12, Tajikistan11, Albania 11, Oman 10, Kazakhstan 9, France 9, Slovakia 8, lraq 7 and Russia 7.
The rest rest are Georgia 6, Uruguay 6, United Arab Emirates 6, Qatar 6 Palau 6, Bahrain 5, Spain 5, Jordan 5, Bermuda 4, Bosnia and Herzegovina 4, Turkey 4, Germany 3, Somalia 3, Belgium 3, Switzerland 3, Libya 2,Ghana 2, Portugal 2, El Salvador 2, lran 2, and united States 2, Ireland 2, Australia 2, Tunisia 2, ltaly 2, Mauritania 2.
The remaining countries had one each Hungary, Maldives, Bulgaria, Latvia, Canada, Sweden, Egypt, Chad, Estonia and Denmark.
President John Dramani Mahama at a news conference at the Flagstaff House last week urged Ghanaians to accept the detainees out of compassion.
He said that the two were considered to be most compliant detainees in Guantanamo and were therefore put in the lowest risk of category.
President Mahama went on to say further that “let me be clear, people say ex-convicts, they were never tried, they were never charged, and they were never convicted. At the time they were picked up, they were 20 years old.” pointing out that though they were interrogated, investigated and there was no evidence with which they could be charged and six years ago the American government decided that they should be released.
Source: ISD (R. Harry Reynolds, New York)