Martin Amidu tasked to investigate gov’t official in Aribus scandal

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Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has been tasked to investigate the Ghana government official cited in the Airbus Scandal.

The SP has been charged to collaborate with his counterpart in the UK to conduct an inquiry to determine the complicity or otherwise of any Ghanaian Government official, past or present and to take the necessary legal action against any such official, as required by Ghanaian law.

A statement from the Presidency and signed by the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, which disclosed this indicated that President Nana Akufo-addo has taken notice of the judgement and the implications and has referred it to Special Prosecutor.

Read the text of the statement below:

The attention of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been drawn to a 31st January 2020 judgment of the Crown Court at Southwark, in the United Kingdom, between the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Airbus SE, in which the European multinational aerospace corporation has been fined $3.9 billion for the payment of bribes to secure deals in five countries, including Ghana.

According to the Statement of Facts in the case, between 2009 and 2015, “a number of Airbus employees made or promised success based commission payments of approximately €5 million to Intermediary 5”, who is said to be “a close relative of a high ranking elected Ghanaian Government official (Government Official 1)”.

Significantly, “Government Official 1 was a key decision-maker in respect of Government of Ghana aircraft orders”.

The payments to Intermediary 5 by officials of Airbus SE were, thus, “intended to induce or reward improper favour by Government Official 1” over the purchase of three (3) C-295 military transport aircrafts.

Indeed, out of the €5 million promised Intermediary 5, €3.85 million was paid between March 2012 and February 2014.

President Akufo-Addo has taken notice of the judgment and its implications and has referred it to the Office of Special Prosecutor to collaborate with its UK counterparts to conduct a prompt inquiry to determine the complicity or otherwise of any Ghanaian Government official, past or present, involved in the said scandal, and to take the necessary legal action against any such official, as required by Ghanaian law.

Eugene Arhin
Director of Communications

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