Gitmo 2: SC adjourns judgment
A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court has adjourned to June 22 the case challenging the decision of President John Mahama to host two Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees in Ghana.
Justice Atuguba, chair of the panel, explained that Articles 83 and 75 were in conflict in relation to the case. According to him, if Ghana enters into an agreement with international bodies, it cannot walk away because it affects its internal security.
The panel has, therefore, asked the parties to address the court based on Articles 83 and 75 by 24 May for them to deliver their judgement.
Margaret Bamful and Henry Nana Boakye last year sued the Attorney General and Minister of Justice as well as the Minister of the Interior accusing government of illegally bringing in the two former Gitmo detainees without recourse to the laws of the land.
The two plaintiffs are, therefore, seeking a true and proper interpretation of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, arguing that 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 without parliamentary approval.