- Martin Amidu has confirmed that former president John Mahama is the 'Government Official 1' in the controversial Airbus scandal
- Amidu said Mahama is the one that has been indicted in the bribery saga
- He added that the reason why Mahama is not yet undergoing serious investigations is because of the December 2020 polls
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When the news of the Airbus scandal broke, most people were pointing fingers at former president Mahama for his alleged involvement in the scandal.
He was referred to as the government official one because he was the head f state by the time the deal was sealed.
Despite all these allegations, in an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mahama revealed that he did not make any benefit whatsoever from the deal which reportedly was transacted during his time as president.
The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has however, confirmed that former president John Mahama is the 'Government Official 1' in the controversial Airbus scandal.
In a report filed by pulse.gh.com, according to Amidu said Mahama is the one that has been indicted in the saga of leading the fraudulent purchase of an aircraft for the Ghana Military from Airbus.
He disclosed this information in his corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa Royalties deal.
He added that the reason why Mahama is not yet undergoing serious investigations is because of the December 2020 polls.
He however added that the NDC flagbearer would be interrogated after the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
In February 2020, global aeroplane manufacturing giant, Airbus SE, was fined three billion pounds in penalties by the UK Crown Court of Southwark, London, after admitting it had paid huge bribes to land contracts in 20 countries, including Ghana and in the United States.
UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in documents sent to court, quoted at least five million Euros as payment of kickbacks to a top Ghanaian official through an intermediary who is a close relative of “a high-ranking elected Ghanaian government official” during the Mahama administration.
Akufo-Addo asked the OSP to collaborate with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, to bring the culprits to book.
Amidu later confirmed that his office had started investigations into the Airbus bribery scandal that cited Ghana.
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.
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