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Inquiry into Mahama’s Airbus scandal still ongoing – Kissi Agyebeng.

According to Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor, his office is looking into claims of bribery made by Airbus SE against several government of Ghana officials during the previous John Dramani Mahama administration.

Martin Amidu, Ghana’s former Special Prosecutor, looked into the Airbus controversy, in which the European aircraft maker accused some government officials of accepting bribes in connection with the sale and acquisition of military aircraft by the country.

Kissi Agyebeng stated that his office is conducting a global probe into the Airbus issue in his first half-year report since taking over as special prosecutor.

“Investigation into alleged bribery by Airbus SE, a European multinational aerospace corporation, in respect of the sale and purchase of military aircrafts for the Republic is ongoing. The Office is engaged with INTERPOL and the central authorities of the United Kingdom and the United States under the mutual legal assistance regime,” the Office of the Special Prosecutor said in the half-year report released in August 2022.

A court in Britain fined Airbus £5 billion after it was revealed that the aircraft giant had sought to or paid millions of dollars in bribes in five different nations, including Ghana.

Airbus accepted five counts of failing to prevent bribery in court records and proceedings in the UK. Airbus used a network of hidden agents to pay substantial backhanders to officials in foreign nations, including Ghana, in order to secure high-value contracts.

Investigations by UK officials revealed that Airbus, through a relative of a certain “Government Official One,” received bribes from Airbus through a supposed “intermediary 5” with whom he shared family relations.

After making suggestions in a corruption risk assessment report sent to parliament on the Agyapa Royalties Agreement that John Mahama was the supposed ‘’Government Official 1,” the former president in November 2020 dared Martin Amidu to investigate him if he was a person of interest.

Martin Amidu responded to this by maintaining Mr. Mahama’s involvement in the controversy.

In a response dated November 9, 2020, Mr. Amidu defended his position.

“In view of the fact that I was making as assessment report on Agyapa and ‘Other Related Matters Thereto,’ I found it necessary to make observations on other matters related thereto on which discrete analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessments had been undertaken leading to investigations to demonstrate the essence of anti-corruption assessments.

“The evidence gathered in the case of the Republic v Samuel Adams Mahama & Others, point to one and only person as Government Official One.

“His Excellency former President John Dramani Mahama, the former Vice President of Ghana, is elected Government Official One.

“The evidence also discloses that John Dramani Mahama described as Former President, of Plot Number 6 North Street Tesano, P.O Box 104, Accra was the first guarantor with Alfred Abdulai Mahama falsely described as a Civil Servant also of Plot No. 6 North Street, Tesano Po Bo Box AN 104, Accra as the second guarantor of the application of Samuel Adam Mahama described as Project Manager also of Plot Number 6 North Street Tesano, Po Box AN 104, Accra for a Ghana passport.

“Former president John Dramani Mahama and his elder brother Alfred Abduali Mahama both knew that Samuel Adam Mahama had not attended the University of Ghana from 6th January 1992 to 4th November 1994 but nonetheless granted the application verifying the statements contained in the application for a Ghanaian [passport. These were all done in furtherance of corruption-related offences.”

Mr Amidu further told John Mahama to be bold and submit himself for investigations regarding the scandal.

“Your Excellency, the wise and the brave former President John Dramani Mahama, man-up, wise-up, and be brave enough to come with two lawyers of your own choice to be cautioned and interrogated by this Office to demonstrate your valour and wisdom as not being the elected Government Official 1 and also as not being the first guarantor to Samuel Adam Mahama’s passport application,” Mr Amidu said.

As fate would have it, Martin Amidu resigned in November 2020 leaving the Airbus investigations in the hands of his predecessor who has also taken interest in the matter.

 

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