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Airbus Scandal: Why Government Official 1 escaped interrogation – Amidu gives details

Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has revealed the true identity of Government Official 1 in the infamous Airbus Scandal linking it to former President John Dramani Mahama

He made this revelation in his observations in the corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa Royalties deal that he submitted to the Office of the President on October 16, 2020.

Mr Amidu said he would have invited the former President for interrogation but he got himself an insurance by been the flagbearer of the largest opposition party.

“The only reason the former President [Mahama] has not been invited for interrogation (in spite of all threats from some of his followers and lawyers) is the fact that he got himself an insurance as the Presidential candidate of the other largest political party in Ghana,” he said in the report.

Adding that “prudence dictated that the interrogation be held in abeyance during this election season”.

Mr Amidu also indicated that former President Mahama as of now has not offered to make any voluntary statement to his Office (OSP) despite the publication of an alleged interview containing admissions purportedly made by the former President.

The Airbus scandal involved the sale of some aircraft to some countries by the plane maker, Airbus SE, with the help of intermediaries that essentially influenced key decision makers in those countries so that Airbus SE could sell the aircraft. Earlier this year the company entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the Serious Fraud Office of the UK to avoid criminal prosecution. In court documents on Ghana, it stated in coded names a number of government officials who were involved in negotiations leading to the purchase of some military aircraft by Ghana’s government.

Source: Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020


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