Airbus scandal: There's reasonable proof of corruption - Amidu says as he begins probe

Airbus scandal: There's reasonable proof of corruption - Amidu says as he begins probe

- Martin Amidu has confirmed that his office has started investigations into the Airbus bribery scandal

- He stated that there is enough “reasonable suspicion” of corruption and bribery in the deferred prosecution

- He, however, appealed to the public not to politicize the judgment so as to allow his office to treat the suspected breaches

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The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), spearheaded by Martin Amidu has confirmed that it has started investigations into the Airbus bribery scandal that cited Ghana in some alleged corrupt practices in procurement processes of aircraft

Martin Amidu stated that there is enough “reasonable suspicion” of corruption and bribery in the deferred prosecution agreement between Airbus and the British Serious Fraud Office in which Ghana was featured.

In a document signed by the special prosecutor, the said offenses included bribery of public officers and the use of public offices for private profits.

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”The relevant domestic public institutions which can assist with the on-going investigation have already been contacted to provide information and documents,” Amidu noted in the statement.

He is however appealing to the public not to politicize the judgment so as to allow his office to treat the suspected case.

President Akufo-Addo tasked the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the Airbus scandal that allegedly paid or attempted to pay millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for contracts.

Akufo-Addo asked the OSP to collaborate with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, to bring the culprits to book.

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In other news, the opposition National Democratic Congress( NDC) says the identity of the former government official who is alleged to have taken a bribe in what has become the Airbus scandal as immaterial.

The NDC also rejected the allegation by the government that the unnamed government official in the document is former president John Dramani Mahama.

“First, no ex-government official of Ghana is cited in any part of the approved judgments for receiving a bribe or committing any offense,” Sammy Gyamfi National Communication Officer of the party said at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, February 6.

Mr. Gyamfi, the chairman of the opposition NDC stated that the name of the said government official is really unimportant to the matter at hand.

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