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General News of Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Supreme Court to rule on Gitmo case

The Supreme Court has warned it will go ahead to make a determination of the case against the two Guantanamo detainees in Ghana if the Attorney General fails to appear in court on Wednesday.

The decision by the five-member panel of judges followed the failure of the AG’s representative to appear in court today after several other occasions of absence.

Two Ghanaian citizens, Margaret Bamful and Henry Nana Boakye about a month ago sued the Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Justice and Minister of Interior, accusing President John Mahama of illegally bringing the two former Gitmo detainees into the country, without regards to the laws of the land.

The plaintiffs are seeking among other reliefs a “declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the President of the Republic of Ghana acted unconstitutionally by agreeing to the transfer of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby.”

A search conducted at the registry of the Supreme Court, on February 9, 2016, revealed that the Attorney General and Minister of Interior were duly served with the plaintiffs’ statement of case on January 22, 2016. But both the AG and the Minister of Interior have still not filed their defense to the suit.