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Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef

We’re peaceful people – Ex-Guantanamo detainees

The two ex-Guantanamo inmates who have been relocated to Ghana have assured Ghanaians that they are not security threats to the nation.

The two, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, said they are thirsty for peace and finds it in Ghana and will “live a normal life”.

Speaking in an interview with Radio Ghana, the Yemenis, who will be living in Ghana for the next two years under a US special programme with the West African country denied being terrorists, arguing they were wrongfully detained at the Guantanamo Bay.

“We want to thank the president and the good people of Ghana for the decision they made to accept us,” they said.

“We are not a part or against any group like Al Qaeda or other things. We do not belong to any part of them.

“We are here and want to live a normal life. We have been wrongly arrested for 14 years without any charge against us.

“We want to live in Ghana quietly and peacefully. We are happy for the warm reception accorded to us,” they added.

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Meanwhile, Ghanaians have generally called for their relocation. The Christian Council of Ghana and the opposition New Patriotic Party have also kicked against their presence in the country, saying they pose a major security threat to the oil-producing nation.

Source: Ghana/

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