Supreme Court Fails To Rule For The Second Time On Gitmo 2 Case

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The Supreme Court failed to rule once again on the legality or otherwise of the decision of the former government to accept two former inmates of Guantanamo Bay into the country.

In court today (Wednesday), the justices, after deliberating on the decision, again failed to reach a verdict.

The case was brought by two Ghanaian citizens, Margaret Bamful and Henry Nana Boakye, who argue that the decision by the John Mahama government run afoul of the constitution of the country.

The court’s seven member panel, chaired by Justice William Atuguba, are unclear over whether decisions taken by government in respect to national security can be overturned by the court.

According to Starrfmonline: “The difficulty of the Supreme Court is that they want to be sure if decisions taken in respect of national security interest to enter into agreements with another country can be overturned by the court on grounds that it conflicts with a constitutional provision. They further explain that as it stands now, the said agreement has already been executed and they are wondering if anything at all can change about it per the judgment of the court.”

Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, two Yemeni nationals, were admitted into Ghana by the former government after an agreement was reached with the United States government.

The two were former detainees at the US’ terrorist holding cell on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The case has been adjourned to 24th of May for counsel for both sides to make new arguments, wit a new judgement scheduled for the 22nd of June.


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