Airbus bribery scandal: NDC press release ‘useless’ – Professor Azar

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A private legal practitioner, popularly known as Professor Azar, has dismissed the opposition National Democratic Congress’ attempt to rebuff the allegations of bribery levelled against officials of the Mills-Mahama government.

Professor Azar argues that the only relevant information needed at this moment is identifying the culprits involved in pocketing about €5 million received as bribes to facilitate the deal with Airbus.

Investigations by the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office found that between 2009 and 2015 an Airbus defense company engaged Intermediary 5, a close relative of a high ranking elected Ghanaian Government official (Government Official 1) as its BP in respect of a proposed sale of three military transport aircrafts to the Government of Ghana.

The aircrafts sold to Ghana, the C-295 military transport aircraft, was done over two transactions. The first campaign ran from 2009 to 2011 when late J.E.A Mills was President and NDC flagbearer, John Mahama was vice-President; the second from 2013 to 2015, when the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama was President.

Airbus has admitted to having used a network of secret agents to pay large-scale backhanders to officials in foreign countries to land high-value contracts and has agreed to pay penalties of up to £3 billion in fines.

A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice during the Mahama administration, Marietta Brew Oppong-Appiah, on Sunday, issued a press statement describing the allegations that officials of the Mills-Mahama administrations were bribed as false, misleading and a misrepresentation of the details of the ruling.

She accused the media of distorting the informing to arrive at the conclusion that Ghanaian government officials received bribes between 2009 and 2015.

“The reports alleging that Airbus SE paid bribes during the administration of President John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama are false, misleading and do not reflect the Approved Judgment. Indeed, the Approved Judgment of the Crown Court of Southwark approving the DPA
between Airbus and the UK Serious Fraud Office does not allege that any payment was made by Airbus to any Ghanaian Government official,” she insisted.

Despite the former AG’s effort at clarifying issues on behalf of the party, the respected legal practitioner wondered why a press release will be issued to address the issue when they do not speak on behalf of the parties that received the money.

Below is Professor Azar’s comments posted on his Facebook wall;

“The only press statement that is ripe and useful at this time is one identifying GO1, I5, I6, I7, I8 and Company D.

Without knowing these people, I am not sure that a press statement that payments have not been made to them is ripe.

Further, the Airbus findings claim specific persons were involved in the criminal scheme and, in my opinion, only these specific persons can legitimately speak to the charges.

I do not understand how anyone can issue a statement denying that payments have been made unless they speak for GO1, I5, I6, I7, I8 and Company D.

It is just not right for one or two people to earn €5M merely because Ghana buys C-295 from Airbus.

Let us unite to get rid of this cancer that is standing in the way of our collective development.

128/1820 is a bona fide scam and sham.

Da Yie!”

Source: ABCNewsGh.com 

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