Former detainees of Guantanamo bay, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, have said that they are looking to live peacefully for the 2 years they will be in Ghana.
Speaking to Radio Ghana’s Pascaline Adadevoh last night in an interview many believe to be a move to quell the fears of Ghanaians, the two detainees insisted that were wrongfully detained and are innocent of any terrorist activities. They thanked President Mahama and the people of Ghana for accepting them into the country.
They were generally chirpy throughout the interview and shared memories of having watched and supported the Black Stars during one of their matches.
However the Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Center, Dr Kwesi Aning, remains highly skeptical of the innocence of these two men. He cited a report from the US Department of Defence in 2009 which described Mahmud as posing a high risk to the United States, it’s interest and allies and added
They are telling us 7 years down the lane that their assessment has changed. That even raises more questions.
If the US with all its enhanced interrogation techniques could not real these people down and now have the perception that these people are safe, I am worried that we are giving such platform to these individuals to try and convince a nation of 24 million people that they are peaceful.
It is claimed that the decision to host these men was taken exclusively by the executive, independent of any representative of the people of Ghana.
Many people continue to question the safety of the country now that we are playing host to these men, in a move that many see as a blatant disregard of the welfare and safety of the Ghanaian people.