– In reference to two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were transferred to Ghana in West Africa, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference there said it was a “wrong and dangerous” decision, that the two men were “not refugees but time-bombs” who clearly “pose a threat,” and that the government should send them “back to wherever they came from.”

In a statement with the headline, “Accepting Former Guantanamo Bay Prisoners in Ghana: Wrong and Dangerous,” the Bishops’ Conference noted that the ex-Gitmo prisoner Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef used to fight for Osama bin Laden, and the other ex-prisoner, Khalid Shayk Mohammed, had trained with Al Qaeda.

Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef and Khalid Shayk Mohammed

The bishops called on the Ghana government “to act responsibly and in the interest of the nation by sending these men back to wherever they came from.” (Their statement is posted at the Ghanaian news website Citifmonline.)

The bishops also asked the government to answer several questions about the ex-prisoners, including “Does their presence not constitute or pose a danger to us?”