As the Office of the Special continues its investigation into the Airbus SE bribery scandal, it has disclosed the commission of other crimes related to the scandal.
According to the Office, its investigations have shown that some of the players in the scandal engaged in impersonation and forged documents for the acquisition of a Ghanaian passport.
In a statement signed by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu said some of the players portrayed themselves as graduates of the University of Ghana and civil servants and forged other documents.
“The SP wishes to assure the noise makers that the investigation into the Airbus SE bribery case in Ghana has been so thorough that it has even unearthed suspected commission of other related crimes of impersonation as graduates of the University of Ghana, a civil servant and forgeries in the application for the acquisition of a Ghanaian passport connected to this bribery case. The unethical and touting layers ought to know better that the guarantors of the Ghanaian passport are prima facie abettors of the impersonation and forgeries, as much as the guarantor who claimed falsely to be a civil servant. The passport has relevance to documents employed in facilitating the Airbus SE (Ghana) bribery,” the Special Prosecutor’s office noted in a statement.
Martin Amidu issued the statement in response to critics of the Interpol’s Red Notice for the arrest of some four persons alleged to have played roles in the bribery scandal.
Interpol has issued a notice for the arrest and possible extradition of Samuel Adam Foster, also known as Adam Mahama and three others upon the request of the Office of the Special Prosecutor through the Ghana Police Service.
Critics have taken on the Special Prosecutor and the Akufo-Addo government for the Red Alert.
Critics claimed the Interpol action was unnecessary.
But the Special Prosecutor has defended the action, insisting that he has a good case warranting the Interpol Red Notice.
“The SP wishes to inform Ghanaians that his Office has conducted an independent investigation and gathered credible evidence for the steps it has taken so far, and will continue to take in the gluttonous Airbus SE (Ghana) bribery case.”
He also took on lawyers criticising his work describing them as “unethical and inexperienced.”
“The SP is well known in this country and amongst the community of ethical lawyers and the senior judiciary as a person who had practised the law ethically for upwards of forty years. Some of the unethical lawyers who were assaulting the person and character of the SP on the airwaves are lawyers who are in their twenties and early thirties: they have not been yet cut their teeth at the Ghana Bar. The SP refused to be drawn into the affray of turning law into politics as is the forte of those unethical and inexperienced lawyers with no or very limited distinguished courtroom practice vindicating their standing as lawyers in the Ghana Law Reports,” he added.