Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has revealed that he opened a preliminary investigation on the 4th of February 2020 into individuals implicated in the Airbus scandal following the referral of the matter to him by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In a press statement sighted by MyNewsGh.com, the Office of the Special Prosecutor said that the matter falls within its jurisdiction and it has the mandate to do so.
“The Special Prosecutor has determined that the said referral and deferred prosecution of agreements and judgments accompanying them raise reasonable suspicion of the commission of corruption and corruption-related offences of bribery of public officers and the use of public office by public officers for private office which are offences falling within the mandate of this office under the office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2017 Act (595).
A preliminary investigation was accordingly opened on 4th February 2020 by this Office into the allegations contained in the judgements referred to this Office aforesaid,” the statement read in part.
A Deferred Prosecution Agreement between a UK Crown Court and plane maker, Airbus, detailed that some intermediaries were hired to influence an elected government official so that the company could secure deals with Ghana.
Following the revelation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo promptly referred the matter to the Office of the Special Prosecutor for investigations so as to unveil the persons involved in the scandal.