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OSP begins investigation on Mahama’s airbus scandal

OSP engages INTERPOL, US, UK authorities over Mahama, others involvement in Airbus scandal

The Officer of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has revived the case against John Dramani Mahama, a former president of Ghana who was engaged in an Airbus controversy.

This time, the OSP has stated that it is collaborating with law enforcement agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and INTERPOL in accordance with the mutual legal assistance regime in an effort to request an international arrest warrant for the detention of some officials, including Ibrahim Mahama, the brother of the former president, so he can be questioned.

Reports by Assaaseradio indicates that the SP, Kissi Agyebeng, claimed that four British citizens, including Ibrahim Mahama, are wanted by Ghanaian authorities for questioning regarding their alleged involvement in the bribery of Ghanaian officials in order to purchase the aircraft from European multinational aerospace corporation Airbus SE.

For their roles in the sale and acquisition of military aircraft for the Republic of Ghana, John Mahama and the other individuals involved in this case are being looked into.

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The Office of the Special Prosecutor stated that there are allegations that bribes were paid during the sale of about three aircraft intended for Ghana’s military in a half-year report that was issued on July 4, 2023, according to the report.

According to reports, Airbus SE has acknowledged that Ibrahim Mahama served as a consultant on the pitch while his brother John Dramani Mahama was in office.

In the 2019 report, which was made public, it was also said that Airbus had consented to pay a record-breaking $4 billion fine to settle claims of bribery and corruption in numerous nations, including Ghana.

“According to the claims, Airbus SE bribed a number of people in Ghana to secure contracts for the sale and acquisition of military aircraft. The purported bribery allegedly occurred between 2009 and 2015.

The Sun newspaper in the UK reported that former president Mahama allegedly had connections to the middlemen who made it possible to bribe important government figures while he was serving as the vice president of the republic during the previous John Evans Ata Mills administration.

According to the OSP’s mandate, it is responsible for looking into offenses involving corruption that are perpetrated by both public and private sector employees.


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