Government received no cash for Gitmo detainees Mahama

President John Mahama has denied claims that government was paid a hefty sum of money by the US government for accepting to detain two terror suspects from the Guantanamo Bay.

“What they are saying on social media that I collected 300 million to accept these detainees is absolutely, absolutely untrue,” he said during a press conference with a section of journalists in Accra.

The arrival of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana has generated public uproar.

The two have been in detention for 14 years after they were picked up in Afghanistan and suspected of having links to terrorist group, Al-Qaeda.

Aside the fear of the duo engaging in terrorist acts in the country, many believe government may have received some money before accepting to host the suspects.

But the President insists no money exchanged hands, Ghana did what it did due to its relations with the United States.

“There is no monetary consideration and the US itself would have disclosed if there was any monetary consideration.

“We have been allies with the United States for a very long time, we have partnered in a lot of things, it didn’t start today and we continue to collaborate in areas of security, training with our armed forces and in areas of defence.

“So when we received a request like this, we said we will appraise it and based on the appraisal we will take a decision. Extensive consultation was held both internally and externally.”

The President advised Ghanaians to desist from referring to the detainees as ex-convicts since they were not put on trial or charged with any crime.

He said a risk assessment was carried out by the US itself and these two detainees were considered to be the most compliant detainees in the Guantanamo Bay camp and they were put in the lowest risk category which is why they were brought to Ghana.

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