Two Guantanamo detainees sent to Ghana

Two Guantanamo detainees sent to Ghana

Two Yemeni detainees held for more than a decade at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been transferred to Ghana, the US Defence Department says.

It comes years after both men were recommended for release. Dozens of countries have received former Guantanamo Bay detainees but the transfers were the first to Ghana, which sought on Wednesday (local time) to allay possible public concern that they could pose a security threat.

The detainees were identified by the Pentagon as Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby.

Government documents posted online by the New York Times identified al-Dhuby as a Yemeni citizen born in Saudi Arabia in 1981 who travelled to Afghanistan to fight, and was assessed to be “a probable member” of al Qaeda. He surrendered to Afghan forces, was turned over to the United States, and was sent to Guantanamo Bay in May 2002. Read more

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