Marrietta Brew Oppong-Appiah
Two private citizens are challenging the legality of the government’s decision to accept in Ghana, two former terror suspects detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years.
Margarat Banful and Henry Nana Boakye have sued the Attorney-General Marrietta Brew Oppong-Appiah and incoming Interior Minister Prosper Bani at the Supreme Court and are praying the court to declare that the continued stay of Mahmud Umar Bin Atef and Muhammed Salih Al Dhuby unlawful.
They also want an order to the Interior Minister to remove the two from Ghana.
The legal challenge comes after weeks of public discontent over President John Mahama’s ‘compassionate’ decision to resettle the two Yemeni nationals in Ghana for two years.
The United States and the Ghana governments have stressed the former fighters in Afghanistan are ‘low risk’ operatives but sections of the Ghanaian public remain unconvinced and sceptical.
The writ escalates public opposition to the decision after the clergy condemned the decision as lacking common sense.
Seeking 11 reliefs, Margarat Banful and Henry Nana Boakye argue President John Mahama breached Article 58 (2) of the 1992 constitution and also broke his presidential oath under Schedule 2 in which he pledged to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of Ghana.
The plaintiffs noted that President Mahama is obliged under Article 58 to uphold all laws in Ghana including the Anti-terrorism Act 2008 and the Immigration Act 2000, two laws they believe the President and his appointees have breached.