A statement signed by the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, says government will soon react to the ruling made by the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 22, that the decision by former President Mahama to admit two ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners into the country was a breach of the Constitution.
‘‘Government is going to take prompt steps to address the consequential orders from the Supreme Court. In the meantime, government is calling on the people on this matter.
‘‘Government wants to assure the nation that the ex-detainees, who have been comporting themselves well since their arrival in Ghana, continue to be the supervision of the security agencies in the country,’’ the statement read.
In a 6-1 majority decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the decision of the immediate past president was in breach of Article 75 of the constitution which says that all international agreements need the approval of Parliament.
The court also ordered the current government a 3-month ultimatum to either send the agreement to Parliament for ratification or send the two ex-detainees back to where they came from.
The two, Muhammed Al-Dhuby and Muhammed Bin-Atef, were suspected of being involved in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in the United States of America (USA).
After being picked up in Yemen in 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Bay by the USA where they spent more than a decade, former President Mahama admitted them into the country as part of US former President Barack Obama’s decision to close down the detention bay.
The decision by the former president was followed by huge public criticisms, especially from the then opposition New Patriotic Party and some civil and religious groups.
Retired Conference Officer, Margaret Bamfo, and a student at the Ghana School of Law, Nana Boakye Yiadom, challenged the ex-president’s decision at court.
By Gad Boakye