NDC Gov’t must take Blame for GITMO 2 deal-Hon. Nitiwul
The Defense Minister, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul contributing to a statement made by the Foreign Affairs Minister on the current status of the GITMO 2, accused the erstwhile Mahama government for keeping Ghanaians in the dark on the bilateral agreement in regards to the stay of the two detainees in Ghana.
According to the Defense Minister, even the Interior Minister at the time did not know about the agreement made between the government and the US government.
He however assured Ghanaians that they are safe at the moment in relation to the GITMO 2.
The Interior Minister, and Member of Parliament for Nandom, Hon. Ambrose Dery on his part, also faulted the NDC government for their part of that bilateral deal, and asked for a dispassionate approach to finding lasting solutions to the issue.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a United States military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, also referred to as Guantánamo or GITMO which is on the coast of Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, with inmates detained indefinitely without trial and several inmates allegedly severely tortured, as a result of which the operations of this camp were considered to be a major human rights breach by Amnesty International.
The camp was established by President George W. Bush’s administration in 2002 during the War on Terrorism.
His successor, President Barack Obama, upon a promise that he would close it, and though met strong bipartisan opposition, with Congress passing laws to prohibit detainees from Guantanamo being imprisoned in the U.S reduced the number of inmates from about 245 to 41 During President Obama’s administration; with most former detainees freed and transferred to other countries.