Mahama, NDC not co-operating in Airbus bribery investigation – Deputy Attorney General

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Officials of the erstwhile Mills and Mahama administration are refusing to co-operate in investigations into the Airbus bribery scandal, Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame has revealed.

According to Mr Dame, the identities of the people indicted in the Airbus scandal are now clear even though those persons are refusing to co-operate with the investigative bodies.

“I believe that the identities of the government officials mentioned in the scandal is quite clear. One important lesson to be drawn from the scandal is the prosecution process…There is a reluctance from certain persons to admit the fact. The key government actors who engaged in the transaction are still around and I insist there was a Vice President who later on transformed into a President and he is around and still campaigning to hold public office and I am saying in accordance to accountability even if he was not involved, he ought to open up to the full fact because the transition occurred under his tenure”.

The Deputy Attorney General challenged former President John Mahama to break his silence and state his position on the controversial Airbus scandal.

Mr Dame expressed surprise with the loud silence of the former President in the matter despite his involvement in the purchase of the three aircrafts for the state.

“Many of the senior government officials involved in the purchase of the aircraft are still around but continue to maintain deafening silence to the exquisite findings of the crown court in the UK. At least there was a sitting vice president who transitioned to a Presidency while maintaining his silence contrary to the tenets of accountability, he is rather remarkably campaigning for votes from the same people whom he does not want to BE accountable to on the airbus scandal. There was a minister of defence, and there was an attorney general at all material times.”

He added, “I’m of the respectful view that in the spirit of accountability to the people, probity and accountability and transparency one would have expected that those key government functionaries who were involved in the transaction to self-report voluntarily to help with the investigation directed by the President”.



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