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Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

Gitmo saga: Gov’t hits back at Akufo-Addo

Source: citifmonline.com

Government has denied allegations by flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo that it violated provisions of Ghana’s Anti-Terrorism Act in accepting to host the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees in the country.

A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, said government acted strictly within the law and any claims by Nana Addo and his assigns to the contrary are false and a complete misrepresentation of the Act.

“For the avoidance of doubt, government wishes to place on record that at all times it has acted strictly within the law. Any claims therefore by Mr Akufo-Addo and his assigns to the contrary are false and a complete misinterpretation of the Anti-Terrorism Act (Act 762),” the statement added.

Nana Addo while speaking in Wa on Tuesday quoted section 35 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2008 and argued that government breached the law.

He accused President John Mahama of failing in his leadership role for supervising the hosting of the two ex-Gitmo detainees.

But government in the statement rejected the claims saying Nana Addo did not provide any proof of “reasonable grounds” on which he claims the two ex-detainees should have been denied entry into Ghana.

“It would appear that he merely channeled claims in sections of the media- that an allegedly leaked 2007 report classifies the two detainees as terrorists,” the statement added.

The government assured that adequate measures have been taken to ensure the peace and security of Ghanaians even as the two individuals remain in Ghana for two years.

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