Washington, 28 Rabiul Awwal 1437/8 January 2016 (MINA) – The Pentagon has announced transfer of two detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Ghana, as the Obama Administration continues its efforts to clear the facility before a new US president comes into office.
The detainees were identified as 36-year-old Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef, and 35-year-old Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-
Dhuby, both citizens of Yemen, Kuna News Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
The Department of Defense announced, late on Wednesday, the transfer of the pair from the detention facility at Guantanamo
Bay to the Government of Ghana.
“The United States is grateful to the Government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing
US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” a statement from the Pentagon said.
“The United States coordinated with the Government of Ghana to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” it added.
There are 105 prisoners remaining in Guantanamo, the majority of whom have not been charged. (T/R07/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)