Two Guantanamo Detainees Sent To Ghana

 Two of the detainees that were being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, located in Oriente Province South in Cuba have been released to Ghana.


Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby, both in their 30s were held for 14 years at the facility without trial.


The two Yemeni men were born in Saudi Arabia, but are considered citizens of Yemeni based on their family and tribal ties.


Investigations show that the two went to Afghanistan before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and were captured by Afghan forces in 2001 and turned over to the USA, but some aspects of the accounts have been discounted.


Even though in 2009, each man was unanimously recommended for transfer by six-agency task force if security conditions are met they still remained there, without any charges.


President Barack Obama vowed to close the controversial prison camp in 2008, during his first campaign run for the American Presidency. True to his word he issued an Executive order on January 22, 2009 for the closure of the facility.


He directed that” if any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guantanamo at a time of the closure of the detention facility, they shall be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country or be returned to another US detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the National Security and foreign policy interests of the USA."


Critics have charged that the detention facility had done irreparable harm to US international standing and moral authority in the eyes of the world and in the process declined the country’s leadership in human rights causes and heightened anti- American sentiments, especially in the lslamic states.


In American politics, the Republicans do not agree to the transfer of the detainees because they see them as national security risks.


For example, Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican nominee said that the Guantanamo "plays an important role in protecting USA from violent, heinous terrorists".


Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said in Miami on Thursday that "not everyone in GTMO can be safely transfered to another country, so we need an alternative. That plan will propose bringing those detainees to an appropriate, secure location in the United States."


At its peak there were said to be 680 prisoners at the facility. Sources say currently there are about 93 detainees there, 44 are cleared for transfer, 13 of who are expected to be released this month.


Source: ISD (R. Harry Reynolds, New York)


Created: 18 January 2016
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