Airbus Scandal: Alleged relative of Government Official 1, other accomplices summoned by Special Prosecutor

Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has invited Samuel Mahama, alleged to be a close relative of a former high ranking government official and three others who are believed to have played a role in the bribery allegation, for questioning in relation to the Airbus scandal.

The three accomplices, all British nationals, namely; Philip Sean Middlemiss; Sarah Davis and Sarah Furneaux, have been identified as interested persons in the investigations into alleged corruption in the purchase of aircraft from aviation company, Airbus SE.

Court documents published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of the United Kingdom on January 31 this year, revealed alleged incidents of bribery and corruption spearheaded by Airbus where the European aviation giant is believed to have paid millions in bribes to Senior Government officials of five countries including Ghana in exchange for lucrative contracts.

The revelation, which fingered a government official between 2009 and 2015 under the Mills-Mahama administrations resulted in many pointing fingers at the Former President John Mahama as ‘Government Official 1’, since he served as Vice President during the Mills era and rose to be President between 2012 and 2016.

Samuel Mahama, alleged to be Intermediary 5, a description presented in the Court documents, is alleged to be a ‘close relative’ of the Government official 1.

The opposition National Democratic Congress has refuted claims that former President Mahama is in any way linked to the transaction or is related to the said Samuel Mahama.

After almost two months of conducting investigations into the matter referred to his office by President Akufo-Addo, Martin Amidu has extended an invitation to the purported relation of the Government Official referred to in the ruling to assist his office in investigations.

In a statement released on page 2 and 3 of the Ghanaian times newspaper, Tuesday, Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu with the “Invitation number OSP/2020/AirbusSE007/INT” extended the invitation to the 4 individuals after the completion of “the preliminary investigations into the allegations and admissions of the commission of bribery and related offences by AIRBUS SE against the government of Ghana in the sale of the purchase of three aircraft from Airbus SE for Ghana. The Office is in consequence, inviting Samuel Adam Foster AKA Samuel Adam Mahama, a Ghanaian UK National…”


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